Shadow WorldJohan Grimonprez

A staggering insight in the process of the international arms trade, that encourages corruption, decides the course of international politics and undermines democracy and causes suffering across the globe. Shadow World won national and international prizes.

Grimonprez seamlessly brings together talking heads, archive material and philosophical thoughts in a powerful argument against this world of dark back rooms and a plea for more cooperation, openness and dialogue. By using testimonials of investigative journalists, weapon dealers, lobbyists, politicians and insiders, Shadow World shows how the international arms trade forms a threat to our democracy. Not only in the countries where those arms are being used, but also in the West, where they come from.


Two shorts by Johan Grimonprez are screened before the main film:

Two Travellers to a River  [ Manal Khader recites Mahmoud Darwish ] 2018, 1min24

What I Will [ in collaboration with Suheir Hammad ] - 2013, 1min 

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Artist in focus Johan Grimonprez

The rave international reviews of his latest film do not lie: Johan Grimonprez is renowned worldwide as a video artist who knows how to interweave exceptional visual material with a profound social analysis in a highly creative manner. His feature debut Dial H.I.S.T.O.R.Y had its world premiere in 1997 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and became a major festival hit. Double Take (2009), Shadow World (2016), Blue Orchids (2017) and Soundtrack to a Coup d'Etat (2024) each confirmed his unique talent. As Artist in Focus, DOCVILLE will show a compilation of his work and the director will bring a Master Talk to the festival.

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Directed by Johan Grimonprez
Belgium, USA
94 min.
Subtitles: Dutch, English


Artist in focus Johan Grimonprez


Johan Grimonprez


Emmy Oost

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Cassette for Timescapes, Dillywood, Final Cut for Real, Louverture Films


Nicole Mackinlay Hahn


Pedro Collantes, Dieter Diependaele, Per K. Kirkegaard


Karsten Fundal

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