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Report: Thailand+ 28-September-2003

We shot our first footage in Thailand in September 2003. We captured the whole range of landmine activities during two weeks of filming using 24 hours of tape.

Footage collected includes:

- Thai deminers clearing an ancient temple location, formerly a Khmer Rouge stronghold, along the Cambodian border;

- Heartbreaking close-ups of elephants maimed by landmines on the Burma border as they receive treatment at the world’s first Elephant Hospital in Lampang, Thailand;

- Interviews with Burmese teenagers maimed by landmines and their classmates;

- Scenes from the prosthetics workshop at Dr. Cynthia Maung’s Clinic for ethnic Karen and other Burmese refugees located in the Thai border town of Mae Sot (Just after we finished filming, on 29 September, Thai authorities ordered the Clinic’s staff to prepare for deportation back to Burma, where they could face persecution by the country’s brutal military government);

- Street scenes from the Burmese border town of Myawaddy, where rules against filming have been notoriously strict;

- Nobel Laureate Jody Williams and conference delegates ride a C130 Air Force transport plane to visit demining demonstrations on the Thai-Cambodian border;

- The opening ceremony of the annual diplomatic conference of the treaty banning landmines at the United Nations conference center in Bangkok, including statements by Belgian and Thai princesses and by Jody Williams;

- An art and photograph exhibition on landmines by Italians Laura Morelli and Giovanni Diffidenti;

- Interviews and statements by diplomats and/or civil society representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Finland, Libya, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Sri Lanka about their country’s stance against banning landmines;

- Interviews and statements by diplomats, deminers and campaigners from Afghanistan, Angola, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Iraq, the Philippines, Serbia and Montenegro, Sudan, Tajikistan, about their efforts to eradicate landmines through mine clearance and the landmine ban;

- Interviews and statements by the Austrian President and the Kenyan host of the Review Conference, Canada’s Mine Action Ambassador and Norway’s leading diplomat in landmine negotiations.