Last week I saw the preview screening of Bomb Harvest, a great new Australian documentary.
The film follows the life of Laith Stephens, an Australian bomb disposal expert working in the south-east Asian country of Laos. Stephens is trying to help solve the minor problem of around 18 million unexploded bombs that have been left lying around the country since the Vietnam War. (Luckily for Laos it was a neutral country during that War. Imagine how many bombs they would be dealing with otherwise.)
Although the subject matter may seem quite dry, the movie is actually brilliantly entertaining. Stephens and his band of local interpreters and trainees collectively possess a dark sense of humour. (It probably has something to do with the fear of being turned into pink mist if they cut the red wire instead of the blue one) and the film’s political message is not rammed down the audience’s throat.
I’m not a very political person, but the film had me hopping mad about this issue of unexploded munitions. If you want to know more, there is a website (isn’t there always?) for the Australian chapter of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
Do yourself a favour and check out the movie. It’s that good.
The nice people at The Scene have posted my review of the movie here.
Check it out and let me know what you think.