Aftermath: the Remnants of War

  • Daniel Sekulich
  • Canada
  • 2001
  • 56 min
  • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
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The twentieth century was the most violent century in the history of mankind. In the countless wars waged, a total of one hundred million people were killed. And in many cases a war does not end by signing a peace treaty. Based on Donovan Webster’s book of the same name, this documentary follows a number of people who are involved daily in past wars. In the woods northeast of Verdun, workers of the explosives unit are still locating mines from World War I. Estimates claim that ten million of them are still underground. Bosnia, too, teems with land mines. In Sarajevo alone, some 1,800 minefields have been mapped. A Muslim refugee is clearing them against his will; he calls it ‘the lousiest job imaginable’. In Russia, an elderly man called ‘the guardian of ghosts’ is searching the invisible graves of the soldiers who perished in masses during the battle of Stalingrad. Three million men fought there, two million of them were killed. The documentary makers also travelled to Vietnam, where mutilated and blind children are still being born as a result of the use of Agent Orange, a herbicide that causes defoliation, by the Americans. In Tu Du hospital, researchers are examining the long-term effects of dioxin. The voice-over ends with a warning: ‘These are dangerous times, for we have created wars that never end.’

Credits

  • 56 min
  • color
  • video
  • Spoken languages: English, Other languages
Director
Daniel Sekulich
Production
Ed Barreveld for Aftermath Pictures/Storyline Entertainment Inc., Michael Kot, Peter Starr for National Film Board of Canada
Cinematography
Michael Grippo
Editing
Deborah Palloway
Sound
Adrian Tucker
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IDFA history

2001
Screened
IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
2001

Silver Wolf Competition

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