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