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Mine Kafon

4 minutes

Inspired by toys, an Afghani inventor’s low-cost solution to landmine threat

Born in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, where the threat of landmines is omnipresent, the designer Massoud Hassani has invented a cheap, potentially lifesaving tool for sweeping large, open areas for mines. Inspired by toys he built in his childhood, Hassani’s wind-powered Mine Kafon, which resembles a large, mechanical tumbleweed and costs under $50 to make, is capable of safely detonating up to four mines in one journey. Directed by Callum Cooper, Mine Kafon highlights both Hassani’s inspiring story, and the potential for simple, inventive solutions to complex problems.

Director: Callum Cooper

Producer: Alicia Brown, Michael Latham

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