EN - Shadow World reveals how the international trade in weapons - with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies and weapons manufacturers - fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies and undermines democracy.

FR - Shadow World explore l’industrie de l’armement globale : un business dans lequel les bénéfices sont calculés en dizaines de millions de dollars, tandis que les pertes sont calculées en nombre de vies humaines. Le film s’inspire du livre du même titre d’Andrew Feinstein, un ancien membre ANC du parlement d’Afrique du Sud, où il a travaillé sous la direction de Nelson Mandela.


Title Shadow World
Original title Shadow World
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre creative documentary
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-04-16


Photography Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
Editing Pedro Collantes, Dieter Diependaele, Per K. Kirkegaard
Music Karsten Fundal
Composer Karsten Fundal

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Main producer Anadil Hossain, Driss Benyaklef, Joslyn Barnes
Main production company Dillywood, Louverture Films
Supported by the Sundance Institute
Production partners Final Cut for Real, Onomatopee Films


2018: Belmundo Festival (BE)

2017: Docville (BE), Doc Point Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (FI), Thessaloniki FF (GR), One World Romania International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (RO), Ljubljana Doc Film Festival (SI), WOW Wales One World Film Festival (UK), Festival of Tolerance - Zagreb Jewish Film Festival (HR), Millenium Docs Against Gravity FF (PL), TRT documentary Awards - Ankara (TR), World Without Peace screening (KR), My Raynes Park Festival (UK), South Africa National Arts Festival (SA), Lesomos International Documentary Film Festival (CY), Freedom Film Fest (MY), Peckham & Nunhead Film Festival (UK), IMPAKT Festival (NL)

2016: Tribeca Film Festival (US); San Francisco International Film Festival (US); Encounters South African International Documentary Festival (ZA); Durban International Film Festival (ZA); Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK); Guanajuato International Film Festival (MX); Auckland • New Zealand International Film Festival (NZ); DokuFest/International Documentary and Short Film festival (XK)); Filmfestival Kitzbuehel (AT); Take One Action! London (UK); Screening Rights Film Festival (UK); Film Fest Gent (BE); Vancouver International Film Festival (CA); Reelworld Film Festival (CA); Antenna Documentary Film Festival Sydney (AU); Dokumentarkino (NO); Seminci Cine de Autor (ES); IDFA/International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (NL); Right Now Film Festival (UK); Amnesty International Film Festival | Festival Cinéma & droits humains; Transparency International Denmark (DK)




2017: Ensor Best Documentary - Film Festival Oostende (BE)

2016: Best Documentary - Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK)

Silent Wilderness premiers at IDFA

Matthijs Vleugels’s documentary feature Silent Wilderness is to have its world premiere at Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival, which runs until November 27. Also at IDFA, Ben Asamoah’s new project Sakawa has been selected for Forum, the festival’s co-production platform.

Silent WildernessScreening as part of the Panorama section, Silent Wilderness explores the emotional pain of a couple whose adopted Korean son went missing in the woods of Hungary 13 years ago. Producer of the film is Peter Krüger of Inti Films, who is also attending IDFA’s Forum to present Sakawa.

Published on Thursday 17 November 2016

Feel Sad For the Bunny premiers in Mexico

Kenneth Mercken’s short film Feel Sad for the Bunny has been selected for the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico, where it is to have its international premiere as part of the Oscar-qualifying Short Film Competition. The festival line-up also includes D: 729., an animated short by Levi Stoops; and Johan Grimonprez’s documentary Shadow World, which was co-produced with Flanders.

Feel Sad for the BunnyFeel Sad For the Bunny follows 12-year-old Remy who lives with his older brother Bruno and their au pair, Mihaela. Despite the age difference, Remy has a secret crush on Mihaela. But things threaten to explode between the brothers when Bruno also takes an interest in her.

Published on Tuesday 12 July 2016

Black travels to Edinburgh

Black, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, is set to receive its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which celebrates its 70th edition from 15-26 June. The contemporary Romeo & Juliet story has been selected for European Perspectives, a collection of Europe’s foremost films. The Edinburgh programme also includes Johan Grimonprez’s latest documentary, Shadow World, a co-production with Flanders.

BlackIt is nearly a year since Black started its festival career at the Toronto International Film Festival (where it won the Discovery Award), before moving on to festivals in Ghent, Gijon, Marrakech, Goteborg, Dublin, Vilnius and Budapest.

Published on Thursday 26 May 2016

Talent from Flanders represented at the Berlinale

There was another strong presence from Flanders at this year’s International Film Festival in Berlin (11-21 February). Actress Martha Canga Antonio took the stage as one of 10 European Shooting Stars; foreign films starring Veerle Baetens and Jan Bijvoet were in the line-up; four film professionals from Flanders were picked for the Berlinale Talents initiative; and a variety of Flemish (co-)productions screened in the European Film Market.

BlackMartha Canga Antonio was one of 10 European Shooting Stars in the spotlight during the Berlinale. The actress made an international impact with her debut role as Mavela in Black, a contemporary Romeo & Juliet story directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Previous Shooting Stars have included Matthias Schoenaerts, Alicia Vikander, Carey Mulligan and Daniel Brühl.

Published on Monday 15 February 2016

IDFA: Grimonprez pitches Shadow World at Forum

The Shadow World, a new feature project from Johan Grimonprez, will be the first to pitch at the IDFA Forum, the festival's co-production market. This is great for the producing team, but raises the stakes as well. “Johan already has the experience, but going first is still a bit nerve-wracking,” says Emmy Oost of Onomatopee Films, the director's regular producer in Belgium and co-producer of this project.

Still from Johan Grimonprez's The Shadow WorldGrimonprez is as much an artist as a film director, best known for his highly creative treatment of archive images. In Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y he combined 1960s and 1970s news footage of plane hijackings with a disco soundtrack, while in Double Take he explored the iconic screen presence of Alfred Hitchcock.

Published on Saturday 17 November 2012

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Director Johan Grimonprez
Producers Emmy Oost
Writers Johan Grimonprez, Andrew Feinstein

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