During the ‘Secret War’ that the Americans conducted in South East Asia during the conflict in Vietnam, nearly 2 million tonnes of bombs were dropped on neighbouring Laos. Many of those bombs failed to explode and are embedded in the landscape. A new documentary BOMB HARVEST follows Australian bomb disposal specialist Laith Stevens in his work for the humanitarian organization Mines Advisory Group.
The dropping of Agent Orange ruined farmlands, many people in rural Laos are short of food. As a result there’s big business in scrap metal. It’s hard to get the dangers across to the children. Bomb Harvest shows how you live with the results of a war long after it’s over. It’s a terrible problem for Laos and I imagine for much of the region.
The delight of the film is in getting to know the members of the Laotian team that Laith is training, a couple of whom were former monks, and one is now relishing a life of wine, women and song. It’s a film that reflects the personality of Laith himself, a former army disposal expert who very much enjoys life in his adopted country. But it’s actually images of the children grubbing around in the dirt for scrap metal, which may or may not be still live, that haunts.
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Video Resolution: 960 x 544
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* I couldn't encode to 720p as ABC HDTV is 1280x720 capture and after cropping the black borders it becomes over sized.
* Warning This one has a couple of pretty graphic scenes of Bomb injuries