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|'Bombies' Film Screening and Panel Discussion: The Forgotten Tragedy|
|Date||Thursday April 24|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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American Friends Service Committee and Center for Lao Studies Offices
65 Ninth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
|laolanxang [at] laostudies.org|
Screening of "Bombies": The film, directed by Jack Silberman, is a past winner of the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and details the U.S. bombing campaign in Laos and the enduring legacy of unexploded cluster bombs.
Between 1964 and 1973 the U.S. conducted a "Secret War" in Laos, dropping over 2 million tons of bombs, including 260 million cluster bombs. The U.S. carried out 580,000 bombing missions, equal to one bombing mission every eight minutes around the clock for nine years, making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. Unexploded cluster bombs continue to maim and kill villagers 35 years after the end of war.
Panel Discussion: Following the screening, a panel will feature first-hand witnesses to the air war and its aftermath, including a man who took part in the bombing, a journalist who helped to expose it, and a Laotian who survived. Other panelists include those advocating for the removal of cluster bombs in Laos and an international ban on cluster bombs.
The Schools Not Bombs Campaign is a special initiative of Legacies of War and Give Children a Choice to help build schools in impoverished Laotian villages affected by cluster bombs.
Sponsors of the event include Legacies of War, Center for Lao Studies with Asia Society, Mennonite Central Committee U.S., West Coast Mennonite Central Committee, and Friends Committee on National Legislation.