In the decades that followed and as the 'art' of warfare further developed (technologically in the first place), this first treaty was adapted and refined - or completely new treaties were signed... About aerial bombardments for instance - first from balloons and then from airplanes... About landmines... About mustard gas and other chemical weapons... About the protection of citizens and the concept of genocide. The question arose: What about civil wars? What about resistance or guerrilla fighters? What about the uniformed personnel used by some armies today at their army barracks - personnel that officially are not part of the armed forces? What rules should govern wars against terrorists?
War Is Not A Game was selected for IDFA 2011 in Amsterdam. It received the DOXA Film Festival Award for Most Creative Documentary in Vancouver and the YFF Best Historical Documentary Award in Yorkton. The film was nominated for the Prix Europa in Berlin and also won an award in France : l'Etoile de la Scam - the French author's rights organization.The DOXA Film Festival described the film as follows: "Lode Desmet's film is a scrupulous examination of the morality of combat. The interview subjects include former soldiers, mercenaries, guerrillas and peacekeepers; female bomber pilots serving in Afghanistan; and a Jewish-American lawyer who prosecuted Nazis at the Nuremberg tribunals. The interviews are deeply moving and provocative, as we hear tales of combat that complicate the notion of strict ethical codes. The film's subject is the intersection of abstract law and personal context, and Desmet pursues this dynamic across a broad swath of history, from World War II to Bosnia to the War on Terror. This is a disturbing, illuminating film that applies big questions to personal contexts, and vice versa."
No award information available.
Lichtpunt, YLE TV1, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel, Media Programme, Belgacom, Arte, Radio Canada