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Shadow World

Directed by Johan Grimonprez, 2016

Main Info

Creative documentary and web project, USA-Belgium-Denmark

Synopsis

SHADOW WORLD is a feature documentary that reveals how the international trade in weapons— with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents— fosters corruption, determines foreign and economic policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering. By revealing how this trade works, we aim to take apart the monolith that has been constructed as inevitable and justified by the media, and which has penetrated every layer of our societies — even as far as our psyche

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Screening

Now available on DVD in BE & NL and on VOD at Dalton.be!

Upcoming screenings:
30/11 Filmhuis Klappei (Antwerp)
14-16/12 Festival van de Gelijkheid @ Sphinx cinema

Past 2017:
13/11 CC Scharpoord Knokke-Heist
10/10 De Roma Vzw, Antwerp
17/09 Maniefiesta, Bredene aan Zee
11/09 Wilsele - Leuven hosted by solidarityforall.be
10/09 Film Festival Oostende
26 /08, Groen Europees Zomerweekend, Nieuwpoort
in presence of Andrew Feinstein
-> more info
05/07-18/07 Days of Summer @ Sphinx cinema, Gent
25/05, 11h30, Brussels hosted by Vrede vzw, @Institut libre Marie Haps, Aarlenstraat 11
23/05, 17h00, Brussels, hosted by Agir pour la Paix, @Zinneke vzw, Place Masui 13
12/05 CC Diest
26/04 Casino Koksijde (with Johan Grimonprez). Q&A with Vredesactie
25/04 CC Strombeek (with Johan Grimonprez)
25/04 UAntwerpen organized by USOS, Pax Christi Vlaanderen & Vredesactie
(with Andrew Feinstein). More info.
24/04 Mechels Filmhuis (with Johan Grimonprez)
24/04 Utrecht, hosted by Pax for Peace + Stop Wapenhandel (with Andrew Feinstein)
06/04 Luxor, Zutphen (NL)
26/03 Docville, Leuven (with Andrew Feinstein)
24/03 Vesalius Institute, Brussels (with Andrew Feinstein)
22/03 Sint-Lodewijkscollege Brugge hosted by Vredesactie Brugge
22/03 Cinéma Galéries Brussels hosted by ENAAT & QUAKER COUNCIL FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS
(with Andrew Feinstein)
22/03 Filmplateau Gent hosted by Vrede.be & Menarg UGent
21/03 CC de Kollebloem
15/03 CC Zwaneberg (Heist-o-d-Berg) + broadcast RTBF
12/03, broadcast Canvas
22/02 Beursschouwburg, screening + lecture Andrew Feinstein hosted by MO* & Vredesactie
19/02 Mooov, Turnhout
07/02, Cinéma Grignoux, Luik hosted by CNAPD
Past 2016:
DEC 18, Het Bos (Antwerp)
DEC 15, Cinema Zuid met UAntwerpen
DEC 7, Cinema Zuid
DEC 4, BOZAR, Brussels Cinema Days
NOV 22, BOZAR, Brussels with Handicap International
NOV 20, 20u: IDFA, De Balie - Grote Zaal
NOV 18, 13u: IDFA, Tuschinski 4
NOV 17, 20u: Dutch premiere @ IDFA, EYE Cinema 2
OCT 19: BELGIAN PREMIERE at FF GENT
OCT 20: SCREENING + SYMPOSIUM at FF GENT
info & tickets

Find out about the upcoming international screenings here

Press

“Ontluisterend… De onthullingen bouwen één groot horrorscenario…”

De Standaard

****

Focus Knack

"Een ferme peer tegen uw appel. Een vlammende aanklacht."

Humo

Superb, gut-punching exploration of the global arms trade

Variety

A political cinematic masterpiece

Hollywood Progressive

An uncompromising exposure of what is really behind the arms trade

CineEurope

A riveting documenary

The Daily Maverick

Excellent film. Provocative and disturbing

Arts Express/WBAI Radio

Argues with alarming plausibility, that we have privatised the function of war

Doumentary

This documentary blew me away

Niteshifts/WBAI Radio

Press Kit

Credits

Directed by Johan Grimonprez

Written by Johan Grimonprez and Andrew Feinstein

Based on the book The Shadow World by Andrew Feinstein

Director of photography Nicole Mackinlay Hahn

Edited by Per K. Kirekegaard, Pedro Collantes and Dieter Diependaele

Original music Karsten Fundal

Produced by Anadil Hossain for DILLYWOOD, Joslyn Barnes for LOUVERTURE FILMS, Driss Benyaklef for DILLYWOOD, USA

Coproduced by Emmy Oost for ONOMATOPEE FILMS, Signe Byrge Sørensen for FINAL CUT FOR REAL

In association with BERTHA FOUNDATION, FORK FILMS, VITAL PROJECTS FUND, ITVS, RTBF TELEVISION BELGE - UNITE DOCUMENTAIRES, BRITDOC CIRCLE, ZAP-O-MATIK

With the major funding support of FLANDERS AUDIOVISUAL FUND, VITAL ADVISED FUND, A DONOR ADVISED FUND OF THE PROTEUS FUND, VITAL PROJECTS FUND, SUNDANCE INSTITUTE DOCUMENTARY FILM PROGRAM

With support from OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS, FORD FOUNDATION | JUSTFILMS, SUNDANCE INSTITUTE CATALYST INITIATIVE, CINEREACH, GUCCI TRIBECA DOCUMENTARY FUND, WALLACE ACTION FUND OF TIDES FOUNDATION, on the recommendation of RANDALL WALLACE, DANISH FILM INSTITUTE - FILM COMMISSIONER HELLE HANSEN, THRESHOLD FOUNDATION’S HIGH IMPACT DOCUMENTARY FUND, CODEPINK

Additional funding support was provided by DAVID STEELE LIVING TRUST, ANGELE SEAY, JOSEPH BIAO

Outreach support was provided by BERTHA BRITDOC CONNECT FUND

Awards

Best Documentary Feature at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016

Special Jury Mention at 2016 Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico

Time of History Award (Best Documentary) Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain

Ensor Best Documentary 2017 The Ostend Film Festival, Belgium

Selections

Tribeca Film Festival April 13 -24

San Francisco International Film Festival April 24-27 2016

Encounters South African International Documentary FF June 2-12 2016

Edinburgh FF - UK June 15 2016

Durban FF - South Africa June 16 2016

New Zealand Film Fest July 28 2016

DokuFest, Kosovo August 5 -13 2016

Film Festival Kitzbuehel, Austria August 22-28 2016

Vancouver Film Festival, Canada Sept 29 - Oct 14 2016

Docville 2017 National Selection

World sales

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