Film Fest Gent

Shadow World

Theaterzaal - Film

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Shadow World is a cinematic documentary that reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade - the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. Directed by artist/filmmaker Johan Grimonprez (dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y), the film is in part based on the acclaimed book "The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade," by Corruption Watch-UK founder Andrew Feinstein.

Through the insights of whistleblowers, investigators, prosecutors, military and industry insiders Shadow World reveals how the international trade in weapons - with the complicity of governments, their militaries and intelligence agencies, defense contractors, arms dealers and agents - fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracies and creates widespread suffering. The film unravels a number of the world's largest and most corrupt arms deals through those involved in perpetrating and investigating them. It illustrates why this trade accounts for almost 40% of all corruption in global trade, and how it operates in a parallel legal universe, in which the national security elite who drive it are seldom prosecuted for their often illegal actions.

Shadow World posits alternatives through the experience of a peace activist and war correspondent, as well as through the voice of Eduardo Galeano who contributed selections from his stories for the film. Ultimately Shadow World reveals the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it, how weapons of war are turned against citizens of liberal democracies and how the trade inhibits rather than enhances security for us all. In shedding light on how our realities are being constructed, the film offers a way for audiences to see through this horror, in the hopes of creating a better future.

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Engels / English, Nederlandse / Dutch ondertitels / subtitles


Film Fest Gent

regisseur: Johan Grimonprez - componist: Karsten Fundal - producent: Anadil Hossain - scenario: Johan Grimonprez, based on the book by Andrew Feinstein - montage: Pedro Collantes, Dieter Diependaele & Per K. Kirkegaard - fotografie: Nicole Mackinlay Hahn - geluid: Bill Chesley - productiehuis: Onomatopee Films - distributeur: Dalton Distribution