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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 of the weapons reveals how brokers purchase guns collected by the EU and NATO during their mission in Bosnia, and quickly transfer the firearms to African battlefields. There, the locals continue to perpetuate the cycle of violence simply because they were instructed to take up arms against their neighbors. Shot on location in the United States, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Eastern Congo, Uganda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Germany, Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms posits that the brand of deadly paranoia used to ensure that the killing goes on unabated is actually part of a larger plan of premeditated political destabilization designed to economically exploit the precious natural resources of smaller, undeveloped countries.
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Critic Reviews for Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | January 21, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms is a depressing, scattershot survey of the spread of weaponry around the world, especially in Africa.

Full Review… | January 21, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 21, 2009
Village Voice
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With incredible self-restraint and tactical acumen, Dealing and Wheelingâ(TM)s Dutch director Sander Francken delicately throws salt on a gaping wound.

Full Review… | January 27, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine

Dealing and Wheeling's argument is almost entirely based on the emotional resonance that its straight-laced reportage evokes, which is effectively zilch.

Full Review… | January 22, 2009
Slant Magazine

A blunt postscript to this pathological gun love chiller more than makes its point, as to the victims killed per minute around the world by guns. 'Dedicated to the 64 people who died in the time it took you to watch this documentary.

Full Review… | January 1, 2009

Audience Reviews for Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms

A definite must see. Gun brokers supply weapons to organized crime and millions die in Bosnia. and other developing countries.

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