The film looks at the impact of the unregulated arms trade, and will screen in the “History Lessons” shorts program. It has also been selected to be one of four shorts in the Tribeca Film Festival Online Competition. The screening allows the film to be eligible for an Academy Award nomination.
Papas partnered with the Control Arms coalition, which includes aid agency Oxfam, to produce the film. Shot in London, New York City and Seattle, the short features four arms trafficking experts who recount their first hand experiences with the black market in arms trade, and was produced to shed some light on an industry that generates over $60 billion annually. The Arms Trade Treaty is being negotiated at the United Nations between March 18-28, and the four experts are calling on governments to agree to the legally-binding treaty.
In a statement, Papas said, “It is an honor to be part of such a prestigious festival as the Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca offers us the opportunity to screen the film to new audiences and spread awareness on how the unregulated arms trade escalates conflict around the world. I sincerely hope that our world leaders will achieve a meeting of the minds at these upcoming Arms Trade Treaty negotiations.”
For more information on the short films screening at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, visit www.tribecafilm.com. And for more on “A Short Film About GUNS,” check out the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AShortFilmAboutGuns.