Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms (2006)
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Director Sander Francken ponders the manner in which small arms produced in developed countries rule and ruin the lives of those living in developing countries in this ambitious documentary that's half exposé, and half horrifying reality show. Conversations with the very people whose livelihoods depend on the ongoing demand for small arms around the globe afford Francken the rare opportunity to ponder the causes and impact of trade both legal and illegal, while an investigation into the origins
Sep 29, 2006 Wide
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The apparent intent is to inform the public about the evils associated with the small-arms trade, but Dealing lacks the big-picture political grounding of Hubert Sauper's terrific 2004 documentary, Darwin's Nightmare.
Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms is a depressing, scattershot survey of the spread of weaponry around the world, especially in Africa.
If nothing else in Sander Francken's conscientious documentary on illicit arms trading packs the same kick (there's something powerful in outrageous behavior presented without editorial), it's still worthy without turning outright dull.
With incredible self-restraint and tactical acumen, Dealing and Wheelingâ(TM)s Dutch director Sander Francken delicately throws salt on a gaping wound.
Dealing and Wheeling's argument is almost entirely based on the emotional resonance that its straight-laced reportage evokes, which is effectively zilch.
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