This Little Land of Mines

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Rafael 3 Fri, Oct 11, 2019 4:45 PM
Century Larkspur Sat, Oct 12, 2019 2:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Active Cinema
Running Time:64 min.
Director:Erin McGoff
Producer:Erin McGoff
Ka Xiong
Cyril Eberle
Cinematographer:Cyril Eberle
Editor:Erin McGoff
Print Source:Erin McGoff


Erin McGoff intense and illuminating This Little Land of Mines delves into the lingering dilemma of unexploded bombs—80 million of them!—dotting Laos’ countryside. Dropped by the United States during the Vietnam War, this ordnance has injured or killed tens of thousands of people, 40% of them children, in accidental detonations over the last 40 years. McGoff blends news footage with real-life stories of Laotians fighting for solutions to the crisis and somehow thriving despite the overwhelming, life-threatening gravity of the situation at hand. Touching personal stories of everyday people like Phetsamay, a mother of two who risks her life on a daily basis to detect and safely detonate the bombs, put a human face on this politically charged story. Gorgeous photography of the Laotian countryside combines with the optimistic spirit of the people to create an inspiring and educational snapshot of a resilient community.

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Erin McGoff is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in stories of resilience and hope. A graduate of American University where she received degrees in Film & Media Arts and Marketing, Erin has produced, directed, edited, and scored several short films, music videos, and commercials. She’s worked with clients like Hilton, Under Armour, Ciena, Sony, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, ABC, and various creative and advertising agencies.