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Quinte chapter screens film on global arms trade

The Council of Canadians Quinte chapter sponsored a screening of Shadow World at the Belleville Downtown DocFest this past Saturday March 4.

Chapter activist Lynne Rochon tells us, “Our film showing went well. The film was very good and I made a speech beforehand mentioning the facts about our own government’s involvement in the global arms trade. At the end I stood at the back of the room to hand out articles on us and the film. We also had a table in the main lobby with our banner and information on it.”

The DocFest website notes that Shadow World examines, “How the international trade in weapons fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering. The film reveals the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it and how the weapons of war are now being turned against the citizens of liberal democracies.”

A review in Variety highlights, “Shadow World is a superbly edited, angry documentary about the global arms trade that will energize politically-minded audiences. Director Johan Grimonprez doesn’t want audiences to get out their handkerchiefs; he wants them to get out their protest signs, their megaphones and their voting ballots.”

That review adds, “Grimonprez and his editors are exceptionally clever at clearly presenting information and then following through with the consequences, so a discussion of C.I.A. funded right-wing coups leads to an interview with El Salvadorean activist Marta Benavides, who talks in concrete terms about the results, followed by a section on the Iran-Contra scandal to help connect the dots.”

The Council of Canadians has raised previously concerns about Canada’s involvement in the international weapons trade. Canada is the second biggest arms exporter to the Middle East and the sixth biggest seller of weapons and military equipment in the world. Canada also sells about $1 million a year of weapons to Mexico where the government has repressed people protesting against Canadian mining companies abusing human rights and the natural environment.

The Trudeau government is also now considering joining US President Donald Trump’s multi-billion dollar so-called ‘Star Wars’ missile ‘defence’ plan that dates back to the Reagan era in the early-1980s.

To see a trailer for the film, please click here.