<i>Shadow World</i>, Johan Grimonprez’s latest film, will be presented for the first time in Italy on October 25, 2017 at the Teatrino. To coincide with this premiere, the artist has paired up with the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia to organize a workshop entitled “Who owns the future? A Crash Course in Reclaiming Storytelling & the Common.” This research project is a continuation of the collaboration initiated in 2014 with the workshop “Maybe the Sky Is Really Green and We’re Just Colorblind.”
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<span class="alinea"></span>An anthropologist by training, Johan Grimonprez (born in 1962 in Roeselare, Belgium; lives and works in Brussels and New York) is a multimedia artist and movie director. His film <i>Shadow World</i> is a feature-length documentary adapted from the book <i>The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade</i><sup>1</sup> by Andrew Feinstein, a former member of Parliament in South Africa and the current director of Corruption Watch UK.
<span class="alinea"></span>The documentary is an investigation combining archival footage, excerpts from amateur films, and interviews with investigative journalists and arms dealers. It reveals the increasing scale of the arms trade from the Cold War to the current era, in the countries where weapons are manufactured, sold, and used. With an estimated value of several hundred billions of euros each year, this dark industry dominates the international economy, guides diplomatic relationships, leads to corruption, and poses a threat to democracy. By campaigning for a de-escalation of armament and a humane reallocation of these funds, Grimonprez creates a strong argument in support of world peace.
<span class="alinea"></span>The premiere of <i>Shadow World</i> took place at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro; it was then included in the official selections of several independent film festivals (San Francisco, Bristol, Edinburgh, Durban, and others).
1 — (London: Penguin, 2011)