Blue Orchids
2017 - Johan Grimonprez


Director: Johan Grimonprez
Writer: Johan Grimonprez
Category: Docs

Title: Blue Orchids
Year: 2017
Premiere: 21 Nov 2017
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In Blue Orchids, Johan Grimonprez creates a double portrait of two experts situated at opposite ends of the same issue - the global arms trade. The stories of Chris Hedges, the former war correspondent of The New York Times, and Riccardo Privitera, a former arms and equipment dealer at Talisman Europe (now dissolved), 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 the same trauma, but from paradoxical perspectives. One has dedicated his life to unmasking lies and the other has built his life on lies. Both their personal and political histories gradually reveal the depths of suffering and duplicity, situating the arms trade as a symptom of a profound illness: greed.


Director Johan Grimonprez
Writer Johan Grimonprez
Photography:Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
Music:Karsten Fundal
Editing:Dieter Diependaele
Sound:Torston Goddon

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