Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms
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Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms
Director Sander Francken ponders the manner in which small arms produced in developed countries rule and ruin the lives of those living in developing countries in this ambitious documentary that's half exposé, and half horrifying reality show. Conversations with the very people whose livelihoods depend on the ongoing demand for small arms around the globe afford Francken the rare opportunity to ponder the causes and impact of trade both legal and illegal, while an investigation into the origins of the weapons reveals how brokers purchase guns collected by the EU and NATO during their… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The apparent intent is to inform the public about the evils associated with the small-arms trade, but Dealing lacks the big-picture political grounding of Hubert Sauper's terrific 2004 documentary, Darwin's Nightmare."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out
"With incredible self-restraint and tactical acumen, Dealing and Wheelingâ(TM)s Dutch director Sander Francken delicately throws salt on a gaping wound."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms is a depressing, scattershot survey of the spread of weaponry around the world, especially in Africa."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Dealing and Wheeling's argument is almost entirely based on the emotional resonance that its straight-laced reportage evokes, which is effectively zilch."
‑ Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
"If nothing else in Sander Francken's conscientious documentary on illicit arms trading packs the same kick (there's something powerful in outrageous behavior presented without editorial), it's still worthy without turning outright dull."
‑ Vadim Rizov, Village Voice
"A blunt postscript to this pathological gun love chiller more than makes its point, as to the victims killed per minute around the world by guns. 'Dedicated to the 64 people who died in the time it took you to watch this documentary."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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