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Fire was the first chemical process mastered by humans. It is a source of well-being but also of destruction. Transmission of fears, transmission of knowledge, transmission of awareness… They all are fires burning and growing through history and generations, linking the past to the present. Through captivating personal stories, which most of us can relate to, the FIRES Project questions the spreads of feelings, like traumas, and ideas related to war and weaponry. The FIRES Project also shows spreading of positive feelings, concrete actions and prevention to combat and eliminate chemical weapons.
FIRESis a series of documentary films produced by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Also part of the FIRES project is a collection of personal, chemical weapons related, portraits. A selection of these FIRES portraits can be found under the News section.
The filmsare freely available online to be used by anyone and are designed to be aired, projected, and shared. The FIRES films are meant to spread among more and more people: by screening, debating and sharing them, online and in real life. Thereby contributing to the education and awareness on chemical warfare. A participatory experience, the project itself is like a fire, spreading out to its audience, who are invited to disseminate and give constructive input. Teachers can show them during lessons, journalists can broadcast them, NGOs can organise discussions around them. Anyone can watch them in their own home. Use them freely!