The Remnants

Shapes of Memory
Paolo Barberi
Riccardo Russo
Italy, Switzerland
2017
72min
Lao, English

Laos holds a shocking record; it is the most heavily bombed country in modern history despite never having declared war on another country. From 1964 through 1973, US planes dropped more than 2 million explosive devices on the country, but up to one-third of these bombs did not detonate, leaving Laos contaminated with vast quantities of unexploded ordnance. The country still carries the heavy burden of warfare; since the end of the war, more than 22,000 civilians have fallen victim to leftover bombs. The remnants of these deadly devices have been recycled and integrated into the chores of everyday life, refurbished as troughs, water tanks and even flower pots. In observational style, the film introduces the viewers to a reality where war and its remnants have been weaved into the fabric of life.

Projections: 
11.07. Wednesday 17:30
Kino
English & Hungarian Subtitles
11.11. Sunday 18:30
Kino
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Producer: 
Nacne Sas for RAI Cinema and RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera
Editor: 
Simone Manetti
Camera: 
Riccardo Russo
Paolo Barberi
Sound: 
Gianluca Stazi
Music: 
Tundraman
Production info: 
Nacne Sas with RAI Cinema
Distribution info: 
Taskovski Films Ltd., Nevena Milasinovic, Telephone: + 38765373261, submissions@taskovskifilms.com, www.taskovskifilms.com
Festivals: 
58th Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy, 2017
Vision du Reél, Nyon, Switzerland, 2018
Awards: 
The Jury Prize for the Most Innovative Swiss Feature Film - Visions du Reel 2018