THE DEMINER wins Best International Film at One World

The Swedish-made documentary The Deminer has won the prize of Best Film in the International Competition at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

The Deminer follows Fakhir, who serves in the Iraqi army as a landmine disarmer. Using nothing but his own hands, a pocket knife and some wire cutters, Fakhir searches for and disarms landmines. An enthusiastic home video maker, Fakhir collects hundreds of hours of footage of his day-to-day work, which comprises the documentary.

The Deminer is directed by Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal.

The festival was held in Prague from the 5th until the 14th of March. In total, 128 documentaries screened. Now, the festival travels to 36 other cities in the Czech Republic.

The festival celebrated its 20th anniversary with a new Updating the system logo, a new visual identity and new sections. A total of 128 documentaries were screened, including nine virtual reality projects.

You can watch the trailer below.


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.