The global arms trade makes billions of profit each year off the backs of countless human lives, all while fostering corruption, controlling international policy and creating suffering around the world. Johan Grimonprez’s (“Double Take”) new documentary “Shadow World” examines the shady world of the arms trade in order to shed light on the malfeasance that occurs right under our noses every single day.
Based on Andrew Feinstein’s book “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade” and produced by Joslyn Barnes (Louverture Films) and Anadil Hossain (Dillywood, Inc), the film unravels some of the world’s largest arms deals via those involved in perpetrating and investigating them, exploring how it operates under the guise of legality and why high-level leaders are never prosecuted for their crimes. Watch a clip from the film below and check out the poster as well, designed by renowned political cartoonist and freelance writer Dwayne Booth, aka “Mr. Fish.”
“The business of war manipulates the media to cultivate an industry of fear, which in turn has created a reality defined by violence,” says Grimonprez. “My approach to the storytelling involves a media archaeology, examining how the media affects us, while examining myths about human nature celebrating greed and self-interest. I believe as humans we can choose to embrace a different paradigm—one that is based on cooperation, conflict transformation and dialogue.
“Shadow World” had its U.S. premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in April. It will be released in New York and Los Angeles theaters on October 14th from TriCoast Entertainment. Check out the film’s official website as well.