Movie for Earth Day in Kuwait: Fires of Kuwait


For most of the readers from Kuwait, this might be old news, but for some of you abroad (or new to Kuwait), I highly recommend this movie.  I had the privilege to see it in IMAX two years ago when I came to Kuwait to visit for the first time.  It was playing in the Scientific Center's cinema.  Unfortunately, youtube does not do it justice, but it is a captivating film nonetheless.

The documentary provides an account of the international effort that mobilized in the aftermath of the First Gulf War to extinguish the oil fires that Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces had set ablaze in a scorched earth retreat policy.  These flames took almost two-thirds of a year to put out and caused a massive environmental shock to Kuwaitis as well as the ecosystem.  

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