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Directed by Johan Grimonprez
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 94 Minutes World Premiere
Haliburton may be the shining example of an out of control arms industry, where the profit is billions of dollars and the loss is human lives. In Shadow World, based upon the 2011 book by Andrew Feinstein, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, there are other weapons manufacturers, world leaders, arms dealers, military leaders, and behind-the-scenes movers that come under director Johan Grimonprez's (Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y) scrutiny in an eye-popping assemblage of news and archival footage. Accompanying the images are comments from Feinstein, a slippery arms dealer, former New York Times writer Chris Hedges, and New Yorker investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, retired US Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, and other once-willing participants in the business who decided to speak out. Grimonprez spares no one to expose a shadow world of corruption, slush funds, drones, illicit bed partners, and a whole lot of lies and greed from the early 80s up to the present. The aim is to perpetuate war in order to generate more cash, no matter what the expense.

—Brian Gordon
About the Director(s)
Johan Grimonprez’s films include dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) and Double Take (2009). Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale to Sundance, they garnered several Best Director awards, the 2005 ZKM International Media Award, a Spirit Award and the 2009 Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Film Info
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    94 minutes
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, Spanish
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Cast & Credits
  • Co-Executive Producers:
    David Menschel, Michael J. Zak, Donald Rubin, Jodie Evans, Susan Rockefeller, Matthew Palevsky
  • Director:
    Johan Grimonprez
  • Associate Producer:
    Burton Ritchie, Harbor Picture Company
  • Editor:
    Per K. Kirkegaard, Pedro Collantes, Dieter Diependaele
  • Executive Producer:
    Bertha Foundation, Abigail Disney, Danny Glover, Driss Benyaklef, Sally Jo Fifer, Wilbur Leguebe
  • Co-Producer:
    Signe Byrge Sørensen, Emmy Oost, Onomatopee Films, Final Cut for Real
  • Cast:
    Andrew Feinstein, David Leigh, Vijay Prashad, Jeremy Scahill, Lawrence Wilkerson, Chris Hedges, Robert Fisk, Trita Parsi
  • Cinematographer:
    Nicole MacKinlay Hahn
  • Based on the book by:
    Andrew Feinstein
  • Composer:
    Karsten Fundal
  • In Association With:
    Bertha Foundation, Fork Films, Vital Projects Fund, ITVS, RTBF, DR, Danish Film Institute, BritDoc Circle, Zap-o-matik
  • Producer:
    Joslyn Barnes, Anadil Hossain
  • Story by:
    Andrew Feinstein, Johan Grimonprez
  • Screenwriter:
    Andrew Feinstein

  • Press Contact
    Monica Delamater
    Falco Ink
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 212 445 7100
  • International Sales Contact
    Anais Clanet
    Paris, 75009
    Phone: +33 15 395 2441
  • Print Source
    Patrizia Mancini
    Paris, 75009
    Phone: +33 1 53 95 04 64
  • US Sales Contact
    Anais Clanet
    Paris, 75009
    Phone: +33 15 395 2441


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