In the presence of: Johan Grimonprez, Andrew Feinstein, Karsten Fundal, Emmy Oost
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.
"A superbly edited, angry documentary about the global arms trade that will energize politically-minded audiences. Smart, hard-hitting and possibly too intellectual for many, 'Shadow World' deserves wide exposure at home and abroad." (Variety)
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20 October - Symposium Shadow World
10:00-12:00 / Location: Kinepolis Gent, Ter Platen 12, 9000 Gent, theatre 8
10:00 Screening of Shadow World
11:40 The Making of Shadow World: Q&A with Johan
12:15 - 16h15 / Location: Vooruit Gent, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent, Balzaal (lunch) + Theaterzaal (symposium)
13:30-13:55 Film Clip 1 (Johan Grimonprez)
Lecture 1 by Thomas Elsaesser: "Productive Pathologies of Paranoia"
13:55-14:15 Q&A 1 moderated by Isolde Vanhee with Thomas Elsaesser & Johan Grimonprez
14:15-14:25 Short break
14:25-14:55 Film Clip 2 (Johan Grimonprez)
Lecture 2 by Andrew Feinstein: "Shadow World vs Global Arms Trade"
14:55-15:15 Lecture 3 by Ludo De Brabander: "Shadow World vs Belgian Arms Trade"
15:15-16:00 Q&A 2 moderated by Robrecht vanderbeeken with Andrew Feinstein, Ludo De Brabander (Vrede vzw), Bram Vranken (Vredesactie), Johan Grimonprez, Emmy Oost
16:00-16:15 Film Clip 3 /every day words disappear/ Michael Hardt on the Politics of Love (Johan Grimonprez, 2016, 15min)
All lectures are followed by a Q&A
Spoken language will be English
Organized by Film Fest Gent, UGent, Vooruit and Cassette for timescapes.