Lethal Toys| 33mins
Director: Ara Shirinyan | Producer: Satenik Faramazyan
Focus Years: 2004 | Country: Armenia
The film "Lethal Toys" tells the story of children in Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia who have become victims of landmines and unexploded ordinance left after the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia (1991-1994). Since the 1994 ceasefire, about 50 citizens a year become victims of mine explosions. One third of them are children of the ages six to 18. Those who manage to survive become handicapped for the rest of their lives. Ten children featured in the film tell us where and how they suffered from mines and unexploded shells, and how they adjust to life after the tragedy. The filmâ€™s narrator speaks on behalf of German Avagyan, a photographer who for many years has been taking pictures and recording the stories of these children.