Los Angeles, CA – October 12, 2016 – “Once you start a war, you don’t control it – it controls you.” SHADOW WORLD reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. Based in part on the acclaimed book, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, by Andrew Feinstein,the documentary unravels a number of the world’s largest and most corrupt arms deals. Through the insights of whistleblowers, investigators, prosecutors, military and industry insiders, SHADOW WORLD reveals the real costs of war.
Belgian director and artist Johan Grimonprez worked together with Corruption Watch-UK founder and author Feinstein to uncover the crucial truth about how the defense industry creates more danger than it bolsters security. SHADOW WORLD reveals how money, power and personal ambition are placed before national security and global peace, and more tragically – basic human rights. 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.
SHADOW WORLD had its US premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival to critical and audience acclaim. Winner for Best Documentary Feature Film at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival, it debuts October 14 in select theatres in New York and Los Angeles, with additional cities to follow.
Renown politicial cartoonist Dwayne Booth, aka “Mr. Fish,” designed the eye-catching poster.
Andrew Feinstein is one of the world’s leading experts on corruption and the global arms trade. A frequent commentator on BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera, his writing has been published by The New York Times, the Huffington Post, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and many others. As author of the book on which the film is based, he has guided the production team on the contemporary issues and history addressed in the film. Feinstein is the founding director of Corruption Watch UK and a former ANC Member of Parliament from South Africa, where he served under Nelson Mandela.
Belgian artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez achieved international acclaim with his documentary film ‘dial H-I-S-T-O- R-Y,’ which tells the story of air hijackings since the 1970s and how these changed news reporting. The film eerily foreshadowed the events of September 11th and analyzed compellingly how the media participates in the construction of our perceived reality. In 2009, Grimonprez made ‘Double Take,’ which targets the global rise of ‘fear-as-commodity’. It premiered at Sundance and Berlin, and traveled the international film festival circuit, winning several Best Director awards, the Black Pearl Award in Abu Dhabi and the New Media Grand Prize in LA. His film and curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, including the Hammer Museum (LA), Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich) and MoMA (NY). Many of his works are part of the permanent collections of numerous major museums. In 2012, Cinema Scope named him one of the “Best 50 Filmmakers Under 50” in the world.
SHADOW WORLD also features commentary by David Leigh, Helen Garlick, Riccardo Privitera, Pierre Sprey, Vijay Prashad, Jeremy Scahill, Marta Benavides, Lawrence Wilkerson, Chris Hedges, Franklin C. Spinney, Cynthia McKinney, Michael Hardt, James Der Derian, Robert Fisk, Clare Short, David Lawley-Wakelin, Muntazar Al-Zaidi, Trita Parsi, Wesley Clark, Shir Hever and Eduardo Galeano
Video Link: http://player.vimeo.com/video/172820335
SHADOW WORLD is a Widehouse presentation of a Dillywood, Louverture Films, Onomatopee Films, Final Cut for Real production. Produced by Joslyn Barnes, Anadil Hossain. Co-producers, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Emmy Oost. Executive producers, Abigail Disney, Danny Glover, Driss Benyaklef, Sally Jo Fifer. Co-executive producers, David Menschel, Michael J. Zak, Donald Rubin, Jodie Evans, Matthew Palevsky, Susan Rockefeller.
Tricoast Entertainment will distribute in North America in theatres and on VOD and premium digital platforms.