Conceived, written and produced by the students of Lone Buffalo, the short film 'Haam Jap' is a Public Awareness Video designed to alert children in Laos (and worldwide) of the continued danger of Unexploded Ordnance.
The students wrote three scenarios in which bombies can maim or kill. They used props available in the classroom and local market to produce special effects, and shot the film on location in and around Phonsavan.
Film Director Teng Vue Fai Dang (18) said he wanted to create a film that would remind both children and adults that bombies are sadly both metaphorically and physically "in our roots" and will pose a danger for many years to come, especially in Xieng Khouang, the world’s most heavily bombed province.
The only shots not taken by the students were of the defused munitions, sinceit was deemed inappropriate for them to be near or handle actual UXO, even though it was all FFE (Free From Explosives).
The film was Executively Directed by Jon Witsell and James Thomas. This film was produced for and funded by the US State Department.
Lone Buffalo is an free English Language project in Phonsavan, North East Laos. The students who produced this film live in Xieng Khouang Province, the most heavily bomb contaminated province in the world.