WASTES OF WAR: Five female miners try to remove land mines in the beautiful landscape of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Gray is a regular film critic in MODERN TIMES.
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Published: July 10, 2020
Nothing To Be Afraid Of
Director: Silva khnkanosian
(Armenia, France 2019)

The Nagorno-Karabakh region of the South Caucasus is scenic with a lot of forest and mountains. But the idyll is deceptive: humanity's deadly battle for territories is imprinted into the earth in the form of unexploded landmines left behind after the 90s conflict.

When the Soviet Union disbanded, battles erupted in the area - old conflicts of identity and sovereignty were renewed. The ethnic Armenian majority wanted to unite in the Armenian Republic. When the request was rejected by Moscow, tensions escalated to war with Azerbaijan.

After the ceasefire, the territory is officially considered part of Azerbaijan, but most is governed by the Republic of Artsakh, an independent state with…

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