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Vancouver International Film Festival
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3M7
Shadow World 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 economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy 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.
«Hard-hitting… Grimonprez doesn’t want audiences to get out their handkerchiefs; he wants them to get out their protest signs, their megaphones and their voting ballots.» Jay Weissberg, Variety
*Keynote by author Andrew Feinstein ( The Shadow World, Inside the Global Arms Trade ), plus post-screening panel discussion. Director in Attendance.