A Tumbleweed-Like Toy Detonates Mines in Afghanistan

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

Inspired by the wind-powered toys he made as a child in Kabul, Massoud Hassani designed a revolutionary way to rid the desert of old explosives. This documentary, directed by Callum Cooper for GE's Focus Forward film competition, illustrates how the inexpensive devices roll across the desert, detonating mines as they go. The Atlantic Global channel has the full story of the "Mine Kafon" here. You might recognize Cooper's affinity for interesting perspective shots from his experimental video Full Circle, which is best described as a jump rope's eye view of the world. 

For more work by Callum Cooper, visit www.callumcooper.com/.

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