Shadow World

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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... read more
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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.

Original Release

10/14/2016

US Release

10/14/2016

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Cast

Pierre Sprey Self - Former Defense Analyst
David Leigh Self - Journalist
Jeremy Scahill Self - Investigative Journalist
Cynthia McKinney Self - Politician
Michael Hardt Self - Political Philosopher
Robert Fisk Self - Journalist
Wesley Clark Self - Former US Military
Chris Hedges Self - Journalist
Andrew Feinstein Self - Arms Industry Expert
Eduardo Galeano Self - Stories Narrator (voice)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Johan Grimonprez

Writers

Andrew Feinstein, Johan Grimonprez, Eduardo Galeano

Cast

Pierre Sprey Self - Former Defense Analyst
David Leigh Self - Journalist
Jeremy Scahill Self - Investigative Journalist
Cynthia McKinney Self - Politician
Michael Hardt Self - Political Philosopher
Robert Fisk Self - Journalist
Wesley Clark Self - Former US Military
Chris Hedges Self - Journalist
Andrew Feinstein Self - Arms Industry Expert
Eduardo Galeano Self - Stories Narrator (voice)
Jeremy Rifkin Self - Writer (voice)
Harris Yulin Smedley D. Butler (voice)
Barack Obama Self - Politician (archive footage)
Margaret Thatcher Self - Politician (archive footage)
Ronald Reagan Self - Politician (archive footage)
Queen Elizabeth II Self (archive footage)
Milton Friedman Self - Economist (archive footage)
Dick Cheney Self - Politician (archive footage)
George Bush Self - Politician (archive footage)
George W. Bush Self - Politician (archive footage)

Producers

Driss Benyaklef Executive Producer
Abigail Disney Executive Producer
Jodie Evans Executive Producer
Sally Jo Fifer Executive Producer
Danny Glover Executive Producer
David Menschel Executive Producer
Matthew Palevsky Executive Producer
Susan Rockefeller Executive Producer
Donald Rubin Executive Producer
Michael J. Zak Executive Producer
Judy Aley Producer
Axel Arnö Producer
Joslyn Barnes Producer
Irène Challand Producer
Mridu Chandra Producer
Osnat Eiden Freiman Producer
Mette Hoffman Meyer Producer
Anadil Hossain Producer
Jakob Kirstein Høgel Producer
Gaspard Lamunière Producer
Guy Lavie Producer
Amichay Matyas Producer
Emmy Oost Producer
Paul Peyskens Producer
Burton Ritchie Producer
Signe Byrge Sørensen Producer

Editors

Pedro Collantes, Dieter Diependaele, Per K. Kirkegaard

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