In a thrilling documentary, a Kurdish colonel takes a camera on his rounds as he defuses the landmines left by Saddam
Assembled mostly from home video footage shot by army colonel Fakhir Berwari and his associates between 2003 and 2008, this tense verité documentary is a difficult, thrilling watch.
Fakhir – “Crazy Fakhir” to his American colleagues – is a Kurdish deminer, a mine-clearing expert who uses a knife and pair of wire clippers to manually disarm the electronic triggers (the live “heart of a mine”) of the landmines that litter Mosul, part of the terror strategy in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. His unwavering dedication is grimly fascinating, though it’s difficult to know if he is motivated by altruism or a morbid adrenaline rush.
Link : The Deminer review – a gripping tour with a hands-on minesweeper