Blue Orchids

    • Johan Grimonprez
    • Belgium
    • 2017
    • 48 min
    • European Premiere
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    In Blue Orchids, Johan Grimonprez creates a double portrait of two experts situated on opposite ends of the same issue—the global arms trade. The stories of Chris Hedges, a former New York Times war correspondent, and Riccardo Privitera, arms and equipment dealer for the now-defunct Talisman Europe Ltd, provide an unusual and disturbing context for shocking revelations about the industry of war. While interviewing Privitera and Hedges for Grimonprez’s recently released feature Shadow World (2016), it became clear that the two men were describing the same anguish and trauma, but from paradoxical perspectives. One has dedicated his life to unmasking lies, while the other has built his life on them. Both their personal and political histories gradually reveal the depths of suffering and duplicity, showing that the arms trade is a symptom of a profound illness: greed.

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    • 48 min
    • color
    • DCP
    Director
    Johan Grimonprez
    Production
    Johan Grimonprez for Zap O Matik
    Cinematography
    Alex Szombath, Nicole MacKinlay Hahn
    Editing
    Dieter Diependaele
    Sound
    Sarah Dhanens, Torsten Goddon
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