The purpose of the current study is to analyze how gender is represented in the documentary Saving Face
through the use of different signs. The study of the portrayal of gender in Pakistani documentary has been conducted
through the analysis of signs. For this purpose, 8 visuals from Saving Face were analyzed using elements of the stills
such as camera angle, character's body language, physical appearance, gestures, dressing, background objects or
props and colors. Employing the theoretical framework of Peirce's theory of signs on documentary, various types of
signs such as iconic, indexical and symbolic signs representing gender and sketching out distinct aspects of gender
roles in Pakistan, were unearthed. Two major findings were deduced: (1) laid in the domestic and public sphere, Pakistan
men are more celebrated and respected than women; and (2) the existing gender roles have observed a breach of
unconventionality from the stereotypical roles.
1-Faiza Rehman MPhil Scholar, Department of English, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan.2-Liaqat Iqbal Assistant Professor, Department of English, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan.3-Yusra Mukhtar MPhil Scholar, Department of English, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan.