Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 24, 2004
Landmines Blow, a Chicago based non-governmental organization (NGO) announced today that they will present a screening of the film ÂI Love PeaceÂ by award winning director Yutaka Osawa at the Nairobi Summit on a Mine-Free World on December 2nd at the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON).
The Nairobi Summit is the first review conference of the convention which prohibits landmines and the biggest milepost since its birth in Ottawa in December 1997. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines along with the United Nations and others are working hard to ensure its success.
Landmines Blow President Alison Bock said: ÂThis film is inspiring to say the least. Anyone interested in the global landmine crisis needs to see it. Our mission is to raise awareness and to motivate individuals to take action against these indiscriminate weapons. This film succeeds on both levels.Â Bock saw the film at the Chicago Institute for the Moving Image (CIMI) Film Festival last weekend and was compelled to ask the director if she could bring the film to Kenya to present it at the Summit.
The film is about a young Japanese woman who aims to become the first deaf creator of artificial limbs. She joins an NGO in Afghanistan and meets a young girl who has lost a leg to a landmine. In Kabul, the wounds of war are fresh. 300 civilians a day are victims of landmines and unexploded ordnance. The story is one of friendship, courage and survival. Nationally heralded cameraman Okazaki Kozo provides great cinematography.
Hundreds of delegates including decision makers at the highest levels are expected to attend the summit. President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya will open the event, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will close it and Pope John Paul II and JordanÂs Queen Noor are also expected to contribute.
Landmines Blow is a proud member of the United States Campaign to Ban Landmines, a nation-wide coalition of nearly 500 non-governmental organizations and thousands of individual members advocating for the US government to join the Mine Ban Treaty and sustain high levels of support for demining and victim assistance. It is a member of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
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