Land of Mine (Under Sandet, 2015)
29. September @ The Hudson Institute
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Director: Martin Pieter Zandvliet
Writers: Martin Pieter Zandvliet
The movie takes place in the days after Germany’s capitulation in May 1945, in the hour of reckoning after five years of occupation of the Danish state. A group of young German war captives are extradited to the Danish authorities and sent to the west coast of Jutland, where they are ordered to remove more than 2 million landmines that the German occupational force has placed under the sand along the coast line. With their bare hands, crawling in the sand, the young men perform the life threatening job under orders of the Danish military captain, Carl Leopold Rasmussen.
The film is inspired by authentic events. It is assumed that more than 2000 German soldiers were sent as volunteers to demine the area and that around 250 German soldiers lost their lives, while 600 of them were mutilated.