The Footage of Missing Feet is Seriously Disturbing
Where in the World is the Next Victim?
Disarm. brings us to Burma, Bosnia, Colombia, Afghanistan and other countries, where we meet cadres of ordinary folk--farmers, school kids, housewives and other moms and pops--who've lost their limbs to explosive devices buried in fields and forests near their homes--maybe decades ago, during a war that has in its other manifestations been resolved.
Not a day goes by without an incalculable number of innocent people being maimed by landmines around the world. Even one person would be too many.
With striking visual candor, the filmmakers have included shocking footage of the amputation of a Burmese youngster's shattered leg--performed at the site of the explosion, without anesthetic, in order to save his life. We also see an elephant whose right front leg, reduced to a bloody footless stump, hangs from his majestic, powerful body. He, too, is a landmine victim.
As painful as it is to watch this footage, it should be seen. But the directors have edited a less gruesome version of the film to be shown to children.
Land Mine Status Report
Landmine Removal--A Worldwide InitiativeThe film follows teams of helmeted men moving inch by inch through the countryside of various nations, scanning the earth with metal detectors and removing landmines where they find them. The job is huge, dangerous and time consuming--but it's in process. A lot has been accomplished in the ten years since the history-making Mine Ban Treaty was signed on March 1, 1999, but there's still so much to do. In Disarm., Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams, who spearheaded the global initiative that lead to the signing of Mine Ban Treaty, speaks eloquently about accomplishments, but also points out that several of the world's most powerful nations--the US among them--have still not signed the accord. That, too, is shocking.
Without getting preachy or providing patronizing platitudes, Disarm. is a call to action. The film makes it clear that a mine-free world is possible--if we all insist that it be so.
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- Directors: Mary Wareham, Brian Liu
- Theatrical Release Date: July, 2005
- DVD: Release, February, 2009. Special Features include 40 Minutes of Deleted Scenes, Director's Commentary and Trailers
- Running Time: 67 mins., excluding DVD extras
- Parental Advisory: Content and language advisory for parents
- Country: Afghanistan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Switzerland, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Thailand, Washington, DC
- Language: English and other languages with English subtitles. DVD also available with French, German, Portugese, Russian, and Spanish Subtitles
- Company: Next Step Productions/ ToolboxDC/IndiePix