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Before the Blast

"Before the Blast" is a documentary about Protocol V of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) which deals with explosive remnants of war. It is filmed using the backdrop of a Workshop on Explosive Ordnance Disposal, held in Budapest in June 2009. It show cases a behind-the-scenes glimpse at international cooperation and interaction among diplomats, military experts and other professionals as they tackle this important subject. Under International Humanitarian Law and in order to protect civilian populations, Protocol V requires that explosive remnants of war must be cleared once the fighting has ended.