WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY, EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL, 2016
“Grimonprez’s superb, gut-punching exploration of the global arms trade is the sort of catalyst to energize politically-minded viewers... deserves wide exposure at home and abroad.” - Variety
Stitching together archive footage of historical events, recent interviews with political experts and an eerily nostalgic soundtrack, Shadow World is the masterful documentary from Johan Grimonprez that exposes the depths of corruption within the global arms trade – based on Andrew Feinstein's globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade.
Through the lens of new and varied perspectives, Shadow World reveals the extent of corruption within international politics whilst exploring the extent to which humanism can exist in today’s world; whilst an arms dealer refers to politicians as sales rep who ‘do what they’re told’, a political philosopher asks what it would mean to have a political system based on love, rather than fear.
As Grimonprez re-imagines recent political history, he unveils the ranks of power within the arms trade, which have been fuelling global wars for the last century.
Returning to DocHouse following a one-off arts screening of Blue Orchids.
This special event will be followed by a Q&A with director Johan Grimonprez and writer Andrew Feinstein, hosted by Nicholas Gilby.
Nicholas Gilby led Campaign Against Arms Trade's efforts to expose corruption in Britain's arms deals with Saudi Arabia. His book on the subject - Deception in High Places: A History of Bribery in Britain's Arms Trade - was published in 2014.