Arms trade docco with leading campaigners


    Tony Blair meets MUammar Gaddafi <br>© Peter MacDiarmid
    Tony Blair meets MUammar Gaddafi
    © Peter MacDiarmid

    Streatham Labour Film Club will screen Johan Grimonprez’s Shadow World on Friday 13 September.

    The feature-length documentary is an investigation of the international arms trade based on the book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade by Corruption Watch-UK founder Andrew Feinstein who will take part in a panel discussion after the film.

    All are welcome to the event, Labour party member or not.

    Artist/filmmaker Johan Grimonprez exposes the shadow world through the insights of whistleblowers, investigators, prosecutors, military and industry insiders.

    His film reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments, their militaries and intelligence agencies, defence contractors, arms dealers and agents – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracies and creates widespread suffering.

    The film unravels a number of the world’s largest and most corrupt arms deals through those involved in perpetrating and investigating them.

    It illustrates why this trade accounts for almost 40% of all corruption in global trade, and how it operates in a parallel legal universe, in which the national security elite who drive it are seldom prosecuted for their often illegal actions.

    The film also suggests alternatives through the experience of a peace activist and war correspondent, as well as through the voice of the late Uruguyan journalist and writer Eduardo Galeano who contributed selections from his stories for the film.

    Ultimately Shadow World reveals the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it, how weapons of war are turned against citizens of liberal democracies and how the trade inhibits rather than enhances security for us all.

    In shedding light on how our realities are being constructed, the film offers a way for audiences to see through this horror, in the hopes of creating a better future.

    Guest speakers:

    ANDREW FEINSTEIN is one of the world’s leading experts on corruption and the global arms trade and a frequent commentator on BBC, Al Jazeera, and The Guardian and many others. He is a former ANC member of parliament in South Africa where he served under Nelson Mandela.

    IBTEHAL HUSSAIN is the universities coordinator of the UK-based Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) where she works to provide information to both students and academics on opposing arms industry involvement in higher education.

    CHRIS NINEHAM is a British political activist and founder member of the Stop the War Coalition and Counterfire. He was one of the main organisers of the 15 February 2003 anti-war protest against the invasion of Iraq. He is author of The People Versus Tony Blair and Capitalism and Class Consciousness: the ideas of Georg Lukacs.

    Admission on the door by donation (£5 per person, suggested) and serving a range of tarts (vegetable and vegan)/salads/cakes (including some vegan)/snacks for sale. Plate £4. Cake £1.50

    Doors open at 7pm for drinks and food
    Film screening 7.30pm
    A bar will be open until 10:30pm with drinks allowed into screening


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