A series of screenings presented in collaboration with Louverture Films that seeks to generate discussions about cinema as a strategy of complexity and plurality and as a resistance to constructed realities


Shadow World

A film directed by Johan Grimonprez that explores the international arms trade

Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Politics / Economics
  • Social Justice

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Slought and the SP2 Social Justice and Arts Integration Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce a special screening of Shadow World (2016), a film directed by Johan Grimonprez, on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 6-9pm at Slought, followed by a conversation with Corruption Watch UK founder Andrew Feinstein.

Based in part on Corruption Watch UK founder Andrew Feinstein's globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, Grimonprez's film 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. 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.

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 decreases 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.

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Andrew Feinstein is the author of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade (2011). He served as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament in South Africa for over seven years. He is founding director of Corruption Watch, an NGO that uses case studies of large-scale corruption to create policy proposals for the purpose of combating corrupt behavior by governments and corporations.

He also chairs the Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign (FoTAC), a UK-based organization campaigning for access to treatment of people living with HIV/Aids in South Africa.

Reservations Requested

This event is presented in collaboration with Louverture Films and produced by Slought. It is presented in partnership with the School of Social Policy & Practice and with the support of the Cinema & Media Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.