Director/Producer: Jack Silberman
Between 1964 and 1973 the United States conducted a secret air war, dropping over 2 million tons of bombs on Laos, making it the most heavily bombed country in history. Millions of these 'cluster bombs' did not explode when dropped, leaving the country massively contaminated with 'bombies' as dangerous now as when they fell a quarter century ago. BOMBIES examines the problem of unexploded cluster bombs through the personal experiences of a group of Laotians and foreigners and argues for their elimination as a weapon of war. Unfortunately they are still a standard part of the US arsenal and were dropped both in Kosovo and Afghanistan.
JACK SILBERMAN has been making films for 20 years and has extensive international experience, especially in Asia, where he lived and worked for eight years. His films have won more than 40 national and international awards. He studied documentary film production at M.I.T. and earned a Master's degree from Harvard University, where his studies focused on educational television. His production Swimming with Whales was narrated by Gregory Peck and broadcast on the PBS series Nova. His film Battle for the Trees won first place at the International Nature Film and Television Festival. During the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, he organized the Mostra Vida, a festival of over 100 international films which were screened at various locations around Rio - from the grounds of the Global Forum to the slums of Rochina. Recently, he directed three films about the conservation of sharks, dolphins and orangutans.
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