The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 36 minutes
The remarkable Omnimax Theater at the Great Lakes Science Center literally immerses viewers in the film experience. The six-story-high domed screen and 11,600 watts of digital sound make viewers feel like they are actually in the picture. And what a picture this one is!
Shot on location in Kuwait after the country's liberation in 1991, FIRES OF KUWAIT is an eloquent visual testimony to the remarkable resourcefulness and heroism of the men and women who extinguished an controlled over 600 burning and gushing oil wells sabotaged by retreating Iraqi troops in the aftermath of the Gulf War. Following a number of teams as tehy attack and extinguish oil well fires using different techniques, the film takes the audience to the very center of blazing fields, shoulder-to-shoulder with the firefighters.
"Everyone saw the television footage and learned about the destruction," says director David Douglas, "but this is the only sotry that allows the viewer to really understand what it was like there, to experience the magnitude of the fires. It was horrific, but it was also mesmerizing."
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, FIRES OF KUWAIT plays in Cleveland for ONE NIGHT ONLY!