Showing in the social justice-oriented Screening Rights festival, this excellent documentary is bracing stuff. You probably already sense that the international arms trade isn’t exactly sustained by rainbows and puppy dog tails, but it’s still galling to see its links to both those in government in the West and those who’ve recently retired from it. Many Bush-era officials, whose brass neck is extraordinary, get both barrels (pun tasteless, but intended), while Ronnie Reagan (pictured, worryingly) also comes under fire (tasteless, intended). Avoiding the leftie tubthumping that can sometimes mar docs like these, this is instead a calm and rational presentation of a deeply moral case, with cause and effect methodically presented. Just to make it even more worth your while, there’s a Q&A with the director, the writer and with Clare Short (who's in the doc) after this screening, at the mac, September 16. The festival runs Sept 15 to 18 across five venues. Buy a festival pass (£33), or seats at individual screenings (£7), with a couple of freebies in the programme. More
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