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Nothing to Be Afraid of
© La Huit Production
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Silva Khnkanosian

IMAGE

Vahagn Ter-Habobyan

SON

Paruyr Baghyan

MONTAGE

Justine Hiriart

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

La Huit Production

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

La Huit Distribution, Bpi - Bibliothèque Publique d'Information

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Janvier 2018. Dans les montagnes du Haut-Karabakh, 5 femmes déminent systématiquement, mètre carré par mètre carré, le "corridor de Lachin", ancienne zone de combat truffée de milliers de mines. Le film rend compte de la méticulosité folle de leur labeur, de la tension qui en résulte, de l'humanité à l'œuvre pour conjurer la peur.

Five women plod their way through a steep forest: They are defusing landmines for an NGO. Ever since the war in Nagorno-Karabakh at the beginning of the 1990s, the still disputed region is contaminated. Care and patience are imperative in this work, the effects of habituation their enemy. Speed would be a category with fatal consequences here: Every booby trap they overlook can cost a human life.
This observational documentary adapts its narrative rhythm to the slowness and meticulousness of the risky job. The women’s eyes are directed to the ground where they patiently search every square inch and dig up suspicious spots. The camera observes their activities with the same attention, frequently focusing on details. Gradually, the systematics of the processes are revealed. Only the beeping of the metal detectors and an occasional whistle disturb the silence. The forest seems silent after the long years of war. But then we are startled by the controlled detonation of a detected mine. What a relief for everyone to spend the evening in their shared accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere! Cooking and eating together brings some ease. The ever-present fear is left behind in the forest for a moment.
(Annina Wettstein)

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