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The Deminer – Hot Docs at the Canadian War Museum

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The Canadian War Museum is proud to partner with Hot Docs — North America’s largest documentary festival — featuring cutting-edge films from across Canada and around the world. Each screening will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with a special guest, exploring the film’s themes. Join us for these thought-provoking evenings of documentary film and conversation. This season will feature:

The Deminer
Thursday, May 23, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Following the fall of Saddam Hussein, the landscape of Iraq is in turmoil. Landmines scattered across the country are a daily threat to innocent citizens roaming the streets. Seeing the buried danger all around him, an Iraqi soldier sets out on a life-saving mission. Using only a pocket knife and a pair of clippers, Fakhir risks his own safety to search for mines hidden beneath the ground or rigged within cars. His commitment to the cause saves thousands of lives — but his wife and eight children live in constant fear that Fakhir may not come home. Using hundreds of hours of footage collected by Fakhir himself during his incredibly brave work, The Deminer puts us in full view of the extreme daily pressure of one man’s mission to protect the lives of so many others.

Warning: This film contains scenes of explosions and graphic footage of post-blast injury and treatment, which may be disturbing to some viewers.


Language: Kurdish
Full subtitles in English
Rating: 18A (for viewers 18 years of age and older, or accompanied by an adult)


Special Guest

Érick Beaulieu – Senior Explosive Technician

Master Warrant Officer (Retired) Érick Beaulieu joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1987. A combat engineer, he served in UN and NATO deployments to Croatia (1993-1994), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1999-2000), and Afghanistan (2006-2007). He has served with 5 Régiment de Génie de Combat, the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, among other postings. With 29 years of service, Érick was considerably involved in front-line demining, improvised explosive device detection and response, and explosives ordnance disposal. Now a civilian, Érick continues to work in his field of expertise with the Department of National Defence’s Directorate of Ammunition and Explosives Regulation.


See also:
On Her Shoulders – Thursday, February 21, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
The Accountant of Auschwitz – Thursday, March 21, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Granny Project – Thursday, April 25, 7 to 9:30 p.m.


Q&A is in English with simultaneous French translation.

Presented by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

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