As a child, Massoud Hassani played on desert playgrounds where it was not infrequent for his toys to be destroyed by exploding land mines. Twenty years later, he has created the ultimate live-saving toy—a wind-powered structure made from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, the "Mine Kafon" intentionally detonates unexploded ordnance. Landmine clearance typically costs $1200 per mine, and his device can clear one for $50. This film is a finalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition.
I've never cared much for billboards. Not in the city, not out of the city — not anywhere, really. It's like the saying in that old Five Man Electrical Band song. So when the creative director of an ad agency in Peru sent me a picture of what he claimed was the first billboard that produces potable water from air, my initial reaction was: gotta be a hoax, or at best, a gimmick. Except it's neither: The billboard pictured here is real, it's located in Lima, Peru, and it produces around 100 liters of water a day (about 26 gallons) from nothing more than humidity, a basic filtration system and a little gravitational ingenuity.