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The Remnants The Remnants
Director:Paolo Barberi / Riccardo Russo
Producer:Nacne Sas、Fiumi Film、Amka Film
Country / Region:Italy
Particular year:2017
Length of time:72min

  • A brief introduction to the film
  • Film creation
  • Video
  • Contact mode
Flying over the green jungle and rugged mountains of land-locked Laos, it’s inconceivable it was the most heavily bombed country in history. Laos never formally entered a war but between 1964 and 1973 the US Air Force dropped more than two millions tons of explosives on the country. Most of the 500,000 bombing missions concentrated on the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail which ran through Laos. Fifty years later, as Laos struggles to develop its peacetime infrastructure and economy, those tons of unexploded ordnance represent both a danger and a resource. These remnants of war are omnipresent – scattered in fields, rainforest, villlages, even cities and they've caused more than 20,000 victims since the end of the war. But resourceful Laotians have also transformed ordnance into countless products and salvaged the scrap onto the metals markets. Troughs for animals, water tanks, flower pots, fences, termite-proof columns for traditional stilt houses. Bombers’ fuel tanks are turned into boats, projectiles become anvils for blacksmith shops, all kinds of metal are converted into utensils or raw material for industrial foundries. Tourists fascinated by the ordnance displays are drawn to the mythology of the Ho Chi Minh Trail itself. The Remnants is a journey into the culture and spirit of a people that incorporates construction and destruction with reinvention, converting killing objects into decorative works and tools for everyday life.
Paolo Barberi (left)Anthropologist and documentarist, he started his audiovisual career at the Laboratory of Visual Anthropology “Diego Carpitella of the Sapienza University of Rome. He currently works as a teacher and researcher at the University of Ferrara.Riccardo Russo (right)Riccardo Russo is an award winning documentary director and DOP, with a specialization in Human Rights and a PhD in Human Geography. He co-founded in 2005 Esplorare la Metropoli, a research and filmmaking association, active in the field of social humanitarian communication.
paolo.barberi@gmail.com