Shadow World

Johan Grimonprez, Denmark, 2016

90 min.DK/Documentary

''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 it is revealed 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 the film 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.
Basic information Credits
Original title Shadow World – Bag om den internationale våbenhandel
Danish title Shadow World – Bag om den internationale våbenhandel
Keywords Arms dealing, War, Politics
Director Johan Grimonprez
Screenplay Johan Grimonprez, Andrew Feinstein
Based on Baseret på bogen ''The Shadow World'' af Andrew Feinstein
Producer Jocelyn Barnes, Anadil Hossain, Wilbur Leguebe
Director of Photography Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
Editor Per K. Kirkegaard, Pedro Collantes de Teran Bayonas, Dieter Diependaele
Composer Karsten Fundal
Appearance Andrew Feinstein, Franklin C. Spinney, David Leigh, Cynthia Mckinney
Production country Denmark
Online release 16.11.2016
Comment The film is partly based on the book ''The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade'' by Corruption Watch-UK founder Andrew Feinstein.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company
Executive Producer Widehouse
Co-production Final Cut for Real ApS, Onomatopee Films
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
In collaboration with Bertha Foundation, Fork Films, Vital Projects Fund, ITVS, RTBF, Britdoc Circle


Direction Johan Grimonprez
Assistant director Sarah D’Hanens


Screenplay Johan Grimonprez
Screenplay Andrew Feinstein


Co-producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Producer Jocelyn Barnes
Producer Anadil Hossain
Executive producer Abigail Disney
Executive producer Driss Benyaklef
Executive producer Danny Glover
Executive producer Sally Jo Fifer
Producer Wilbur Leguebe
Co-executive producer Michael J. Zak
Co-executive producer Donald Rubin
Co-executive producer Jodie Evans
Co-executive producer Matthew Palevsky
Co-executive producer Susan Rockefeller
Co-producer Emmy Oost
Editor Mette Hoffmann Meyer
Associate producer Burton Ritchie
Consulting producer Jakob Kirstein Høgel
Production manager Geraldine Schubert
Production manager assistant Pulkit Datta
Production manager assistant Ashish Sehgal
Production manager Maria Kristensen
Production coordinator Josie Chai


Cinematographer Nicole Mackinlay Hahn


Editor Per K. Kirkegaard
Editor Pedro Collantes de Teran Bayonas
Editor Dieter Diependaele
Assistant editor (Denmark) Maria Kristensen


Composer Karsten Fundal


Sound Leke Awoyinka
Sound Julian Joseph
Sound Andrew Brzozowski
Sound Meena Nanji
Sound Tammy Douglas
Sound Rayan Obeidiine
Sound Mike Dubose
Sound Amy Walsh Sandefur
Sound Torsten Goddon
Sound David Williams
Sound Michael Wynne


Appearance Andrew Feinstein
Appearance Franklin C. Spinney
Appearance David Leigh
Appearance Cynthia Mckinney
Appearance Helen Garlick
Appearance Michael Hardt
Appearance Riccardo Privitera
Appearance James der Derian
Appearance Pierre Sprey
Appearance Robert Fisk
Appearance Vijay Prashad
Appearance Jeremy Scahill
Appearance David Lawley-Wakelin
Appearance Marta Benavides
Appearance Muntazer Al-Zadi
Appearance Lawrence Wilkerson
Appearance Trita Parsi
Appearance Chris Hedges
Appearance Wesley Clark
Appearance Shir Hever

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