With just a pair of wire cutters, deminer Fakhir disarms thousands of explosive mines across Mosul (Iraq) - a task that could cost him his life but save the lives of thousands.


Filmmaker: Hogir Hirori
Country: Sweden
Runtime: 52', 83'
Year: 2017
Format: HD



After the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 Fakhir, a father of eight and Major in the Iraq armed forces, goes on a mission to disarm the thousands of mines laid across Mosul. Shown via home movie footage shot by his fellow troops and discovered by his son years later, the videos show how Fakhir manages to disarm thousands of mines with just a simple knife and a pair of wire clippers. Despite many near-misses Fakhir knows he cannot stop while there are still mines in the city because the innocent people will pay the ultimate price.


★★★★ - The Independent

"A humbling glimpse into war and sacrifice." - ★★★★ - New Internationalist

★★★★ - Little White Lies

"Subtle and intriguing, showing the beauty of light as it plays against these cruel killing fields." - Screen Daily

"It’s breathless, verité viewing" - i-D


Special Jury Award - IDFA 2017

The Conscience Jury Award - DOCVILLE 2018

Best International Documentary - Human Rights Human Wrongs Festival 2018

Best Film Award- One World International Film Festival 2018

Best Nordic Documentary - Nordisk Panorama 2018

Audience Award - Inconvenient Films Festival 2018


IDFA 2017

CPH:DOX 2018

Full Frame Film Festival 2018

HotDocs Film Festival 2018

Sydney Film Festival 2018



Hogir Hirori was born 1980 in Duhok, Iraqi kurdistan. In 1999, he fled to Sweden and lives since then in Stockholm. He works as a freelance photographer, editor and director. He runs his own production company Lolav Media. Hogir’s most recent documentary, “The girl who saved my life” had its world premiere at the Göteborg Film Festival 2016, where it received The Angelos Award for Best Swedish Feature. The film has been travelling after that to more than 20 international film festivals worldwide and aired on several broadcasters such as SVT, DR, 3-Sat, ERT1, Al-Jazeera.




Director: Hogir Hirori

Co-director: Shinwar Kamal

Producer: Antonio Russo Merenda, Hogir Hirori

Cinematographer: Shinwar Kamal, Firas Bakrmani, Erik Vallsten

Music: Mohammed Zaki

Editor: Hogir Hirori