Sacha Polak (Hemel, SFF 2012) paints an intimate portrait of a resilient young mother from East London left dramatically scarred after a brutal acid attack in this compelling tale of youth, motherhood, courage and self-acceptance. After an acid attack by her ex, young mother Jade from East London is left physically and emotionally scarred. But Jade is no passive victim; she makes her own choices – good or bad – and deals with the consequences. Spiralling down a self-destructive path, Jade finds short-lived solace in online liaisons where she finds the passion and connection she has been craving. However, as family life and friendships start to crumble, she may have to hit rock bottom before finding her path back to her daughter and herself. Newcomer Vicky Knight, who was severely burned as a child, is a revelation in her commanding portrayal of a woman with incredible resilience: "vulnerable, flinty, and unashamedly sexual" as described in Variety. The lens of cinematographer Ruben Impens (Broken Circle Breakdown, Raw) deftly captures the nuances of Knight's performance, accentuated by the distinct music, style and vibe of East London youth culture. Formidable directors Lynne Ramsay and Andrea Arnold stand as influences on Sacha Polak's work and with Dirty God she joins their ranks.