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The Gunmaker

"Wood is warm. Metal is cold. Two different lives but connected with one another in a symbiosis." Gerald Bogad has been working in the artisan tradition of the Ferlacher gunsmiths for 40 years but does not hunt or kill animals. Part philosopher, part craftsman, Gerald's work has allowed him to live the life he chooses while making an impact on his culture and the heritage that he represents.

  • Mark Abouzeid
    Finding My Lebanon
  • Mark Abouzeid
    Finding My Lebanon
  • Sophie Beer
  • Gerald Bogad
    Key Cast
  • Real Lives Multicultural Association Verein für kulturellen Austausch
    Production Partner
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Der Waffenmeister
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, German
  • Shooting Format:
    XAVC 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Ethnografilm 2019
    April 17, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mark Abouzeid

Prof. Mark Abouzeid, MBA, Cedar Productions Director
Fotojournalist und prämierter Filmemacher (Cannes Film Festival 2016, Lebanese International Film Festival 2017, Slow Food Presidium 2017, Ethnografilm Paris 2018)

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Director Statement

When is a rifle not a weapon? It's the culture dummy!

At one point in time, the Katana, Halberd and Speer, were considered arms of war while today they would be considered artefacts or ornaments. No one would seriously consider them for protection or human aggression. Why is it that some cultures equate guns with protection and others with tools for life?

"I come from Lebanon, a society where every person has at least one or more guns in their home. I live in Austria where, once again, gun ownership is one of the highest among developed countries, yet in both cases the homicide or death by firearm rate is almost non-existent. Why then must my family living in the United States fear almost daily shootings and murders? Why is it that I would never want a gun in my house and, yet, have no problem with the Gunmaker downstairs?"