Shadow World

Directed by Johan Grimonprez

Feature documentary that explores the international arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and losses in human lives.


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  • ★★★½ review by cinemagazine on Letterboxd

    "Beelden als hamer, om de spijker van de boodschap vast te slaan. Met zoveel visuele vuurkracht dreigt het Stockholmsyndroom de kop op te steken bij de kijker. Grimonprez zoekt diens overtuiging en vindt die op eigen kracht, maar laat ook de nuance weg dat een oorlog tegen Saddam nooit zou zijn begonnen zonder 9-11, al weet hij mooi aan te geven dat de wapenindustrie geen moeite heeft met een oorlog extra. "

  • ★★★★½ review by gtdmouse on Letterboxd


  • ★★★★ review by Heather Forrester on Letterboxd

    Quote from the film:  "the thing about politicians is that they're very much like prostitutes only more expensive"

  • ★★★½ review by Lennart Schoors on Letterboxd

    Not sure why I watched this. It's just a depressing string of stories how our political leadership runs on greed without any semblance of morals. Ugh.

  • ★★★½ review by Elk on Letterboxd

    Political documentaries can't be watched with the same eye that has viewed the work of Adam Curtis.

    A year and a half ago I would've considered this a near perfect documentary... sigh.

    However this still covers interesting aspects of the government's shady government work in Saudi Arabia and most of the middle east, bringing to light some new ideas and furthering my paranoia of not knowing anything about this world and how it's ran.

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