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Swedish documentary ‘The Deminer’ sold to territories around the world

The Swedish documentary The Deminer has been sold to multiple territories around the world for release.

It was picked up by BBC for the UK, ARTE GEIE for France/Germany, VGTV for Norway, VPRO for the Netherlands, VRT for Belgium and Movistar+ for Spain.

Directed by Hogir Horiri and Shinwar Kamal, the documentary follows the Kurdish colonel Fakhir, who disarms thousands of roadside bombs and mines using only a pair of wire cutters. In 2014, by this time having lost a leg, he starts working for the Kurdish Peshmerga, disarming boobytraps left behind by IS in and around Mosul. An enthusiastic home video maker, Fakhir collects hundreds of hours of footage of his day-to-day work. We hear his son’s commentary in voice-over as he watches videos of his heroic father in action. Fakhir perseveres despite the warnings of his colleagues—after all, every ringing cell phone could herald an explosion.

It received the Special Jury Prize at the IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam) last year and Best Film at the One World International Human Rights Festival in Prague. The documentary will next screen at HotDocs in Canada.

You can read our review here. 

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.