EN - In Blue Orchids, Johan Grimonprez creates a double portrait of two experts situated at opposite ends of the same issue - the global arms trade. The stories of Chris Hedges, the former war correspondent of The New York Times, and Riccardo Privitera, a former arms and equipment dealer at Talisman Europe (now dissolved), provide an unusual and disturbing context for shocking revelations about the industry of war. While interviewing Privitera and Hedges for Grimonprez’s recently released feature Shadow World (2016), it became clear that the two men were describing the same anguish and the same trauma, but from paradoxical perspectives. One has dedicated his life to unmasking lies and the other has built his life on lies. Both their personal and political histories gradually reveal the depths of suffering and duplicity, situating the arms trade as a symptom of a profound illness: greed.


Title Blue Orchids
Original title Blue Orchids
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre Documentary
Year 2017
World première / first public presentation 2017-11-21


Photography Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
Editing Dieter Diependaele
Sound Torston Goddon
Music Karsten Fundal

Technical specs

Running time film 48'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Digital file
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D



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Last edited on 15 January 2018

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Director Johan Grimonprez
Writers Johan Grimonprez

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