Max Cho’s film, Swords into Ploughshares, is a haunting look at one of the United States’ darkest historical moments, the Secret War on Laos. A powerful graphic style brings home the shocking details of a countryside covered with unexploded bombs. Cho puts a human face on this ongoing tragedy as he celebrates the initiative of the Laotian people, while also asking viewers to consider their role in eradicating bombs.
This teen-produced documentary resulted from An Investigative Journalism Adventure to Laos, a program of Friendship Tours World Travel and Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California, led by Emmy Award-winning journalist Jeff MacIntyre (Content Media Group), artist/educator Cheri Gaulke, and history teacher Alethea Paradis. For more info about this and other trips, go to www.friendshiptoursworld.com.