Shadow World: documentary and discussion about global arms trade

In cooperation with the Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies

01feb2018 20.00 - 22.00


The much acclaimed film ‘Shadow World’ reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade. A screening of the documentary, followed by a discussion with experts.

About the documentary ‘Shadow World’

The film reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy 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. Read more about the film here:

About the speakers

Erella Grassiani is an Assistant Professor at the department of Anthropology and works as a researcher within the ERC funded SECURCIT project on the privatization and globalization of security at the University of Amsterdam. 

Wendela de Vries works at ‘Stop Wapenhandel’. Amongst others, they conduct research and inform journalists and politicians about the consequences of arms trade. De Vries will speak about the role of the Netherlands in global arms trade.

Yolande Jansen (moderator) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and Special Professor of Humanism in Relation to Religion and Secularity for the Socrates Foundation at the VU University Amsterdam.


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