Bombies

2001, 57 minutes
Director: Jack Silberman
Producer: Lumiere Productions
Distributed by Bullfrog Films

Laotian boy with cluster bomb
            
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 Essay 
      

Additional Resources

 

Documentary Films

Angola: Landmines - Seeds of the Devil (2000, 40 minutes)
Distributor: Chip Taylor Communications (www.chiptaylor.com).
Produced by Journeyman Pictures.
      Landmines disable nearly 200 people a week in Angola and similar numbers of people are killed. Children are highly vulnerable victims. In this film, a peacetime army of mine-cleaners tries to clear fields so people can cultivate food.

Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq (2000, 74 and 48 minute versions)
Producer/Director: Alan Lowery
Distributor: Bullfrog Films (www.bullfrogfilms.com).
Carlton Television Ltd.; written and presented by John Pilger
      John Pilger investigates the effects of sanctions on the people of Iraq. The video contends that ten years of extraordinary isolation, imposed by the UN and enforced by the U.S. and Great Britain, are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. It also discusses illegal bombing campaigns conducted by the U.S. and Great Britain in "no-fly zones."

Terror in the Minefields (1996, 60 minutes)
Director: David A. Feingold
Distributor: WGBH Video/Boston (www.wgbh.org).
A Nova production by Ophidian Films Ltd. in association with WGBH/Boston; written by David A. Feingold.
      This program documents the situation in Kampuchea (Cambodia) where millions of explosive mines are buried. It reveals that thousands of people are crippled and maimed every year and much arable land has fallen out of production because of the hidden danger of mines. This once-thriving agricultural nation now faces food shortages. The video also follows the efforts of British and U.S. military and civilian personnel to train local people to detect and remove mines, and assists with those efforts. Finally, it discusses the ethics of using weapons whose sole purpose is to maim, and efforts to limit or ban such devices.

Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002, 80 minutes)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
Distributor: First Run/Icarus Film (www.frif.com)
Think Tank & Jigsaw Productions, Inc. production for the BBC; produced by Alex Gibney and Eugene Jarecki.
      Did Henry Kissinger sabotage the 1968 Vietnam peace talks for his own personal gain? Did he orchestrate the secret bombing of Cambodia? Did he authorize covert operations to overthrow a Chilean President? This film explores how a young boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful and controversial figures in U.S. history.

 

Books

Arkin, William M. Ticking Time Bombs: NATO's Use of Cluster Munitions in Yugoslavia. New York, NY: Human Rights Watch, 1999.

Castle, Timothy N. At War In the Shadow of Vietnam: U.S. Military Aid to The Royal Lao Government, 1955-1975. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.

Docherty, Bonnie. United States/Afghanistan: Fatally Flawed: Cluster Bombs and their Use by the United States in Afghanistan. New York, NY: Human Rights Watch, 2002.

McGrath, Rae. Cluster Bombs: The Military Effectiveness and Impact on Civilians of Cluster Bombs. London: UK Working Group on Landmines. Distributed in the U.S. by the Mennonite Central Committee. Akron, Pennsylvania, 2000.

Prokosch, Eric. The Technology of Killing: A Military and Political History of Cluster Weapons. London and New Jersey: Zed Books, 1995.

Warner, Roger. Shooting the Moon: The Story of America's Clandestine War in Laos. South Royalton, Vermont: Steerforth Press, 1999.

 

Web Sites

Bullfrog Films (Bombies distributor)
www.bullfrogfilms.com/
      Bullfrog Films is the oldest and largest publisher of videos and films about the environment in the United States. It publishes independently-produced, environmental videos. Their film producers include the National Film Board of Canada, CBC, Television Trust for the Environment, BBC-TV, World Wildlife Fund, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Rodale Press, and leading independent producers from around the world.

Bombies (article)
www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m0JQV/2_31/84165784/p1/article.jhtml
      Briarpatch Magazine, March, 2002

Bombies (review)
libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=992
      by Jay Schwartz, Suffolk County Community College, 2004.

Human Rights Watch (document)
hrw.org/doc/?t=arms_clusterbombs
      A page compiling all of Human Rights Watch's work on cluster bombs

International Campaign to Ban Landmines
http://www.icbl.org/
      A network of more than 1,200 non-governmental organizations in 60 countries working for a global ban on Landmines. In 1997, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the ICBL.

ITVS: Broadcasters web site for Bombies
www.itvs.org/bombies

Judge the U.S. by Deeds, Not Words (article)
www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m0FQP/4431_129/54546049/p1/article.jhtml
On humanitarian intervention; New Statesman, April 9, 1999, by Noam Chomsky

Lao Unexploded Ordinance Program (UXO Lao)
www.undplao.org/UNDP_in_Laos/UXO.pdf

Mennonite Central Committee (cluster bomb page)
www.mcc.org/clusterbomb/
      This comprehensive site by the Mennonite Central Committee includes nearly a dozen reports on cluster bombs and personal stories and photos of cluster bomb victims in Laos.

Mines Advisory Group
www.magclearsmines.org/
      MAG is an international non-governmental organization that assists people affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance. MAG clears and destroys the landmines and left-over weapons that make areas unsafe after war. MAG's Laos section includes a timeline of events, community awareness facts and an explanation of their clearance teams' methods of removing cluster bombs.

United Nations Development Program
www.undplao.org/
      United Nations Development Program in Lao.

United Nations Mine Action
www.mineaction.org/
      United Nations Mine Action is the response of the United Nations system to the global landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) problem. The UN has been involved in humanitarian mine action activities since 1989, when a mine action program was initiated in Afghanistan.

 

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