We would like to offer a special “thank you” to the following supporters of our crowdfunding campaign, along with those who wish to remain anonymous:

Anais Tuepker, Anthony Green, Cecilia Valsted, Chrisha Alagaratnam, Claudia Lee, Conrad Koziol, Daniel Yoon, David Cynn, David Jhoo, Dearbail Jordan, Diana Brand, Eui Chung, Gary Thomas, Håkon Mosvold Larsen, Hans Fischer, Helen Chang, Helene Witcher, Hilla Medalia, Inês Braga, Ivan Askwith, Jane Tremlett, Jeni Reid, Jennie Norman, John Oates, Juliet Green, Katy Milner, Keiko Bang, Lilian Green, Matt Hulse, Nick Currey, Nicola Woods, Patrick Jhoo, Paul Tyler, Philip Green, Rikard Amodei, Theis Irgens, Vivienne Stone, Young Kauh

If you think about the international arms trade, perhaps you think about war, weapons, or politics? But do you realise that weapons manufacture and sales also feed into enslavement, corporate & government corruption, child labour, enforced labour, spying and surveillance culture? Yes, even in this day and age.

The film ‘Shooting Ourselves’ is set against a backdrop of increasing global violence where 500 million people live in countries at risk of instability and conflict, and the economic impact of warfare is estimated at US $14.3 trillion per year. That’s equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the UK (2015 Global Peace Index Report).

The question is, how can we relate to people so far away from ourselves they are invisible, but with whom we are economically and politically entangled? Often we ‘see’ these people through the highly distorting filter of fear, compounded by biased media reporting.

We believe that education is key to prevent and stop unnecessary wars, and put an end to the misuse of weapons. Through debate and live events, people can gain a fundamental understanding of the causes and outcomes of war, to be better equipped to properly question corporate and government roles in warfare.

We’ll provide people with the tools to lobby for transparency from all of those involved in the global arms trade. We want to raise awareness that our buying habits can fuel armed conflict elsewhere in the world, and shine a light on the corporations ignoring their responsibilities.

We hope you will continue to support our efforts to raise awareness and create discussion about the subject of the arms trade. Thank you from Christine Cynn and the entire ‘Shooting Ourselves’ team!