Documentary “Blood Antiques” Argues Illicit Antiquities Trade Sends Billions of Euros to Terrorism

Posted on November 15, 2010


This weekend, I watched the documentary “Blood Antiques,” released last year by Journeyman Pictures.  If you are at all interested in the illicit antiquities trade (and especially if you are interested in the organization of that trade), you should watch this 45 minute movie.  It argues that because antiquities tend to come from “unstable countries,” and that in these countries “terrorist organizations run the show,” the vast majority of the 5 billion euros spent annually on stolen antiquities funds terrorism.  It also examines how and why Brussels serves as a hub for the illicit trade.

Here is the description of the documentary from Journeyman.

This appears to be the full documentary: Blood Antiques.  If that doesn’t work, you can “rent” it here for $1.99.

And the trailer, if you still aren’t sold:

And, previously, here on CPAL: Does the Illicit Antiquities Trade Fund Terrorism?

Hat tip Georg Grosse-Hohl.