The Act of Killing

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PrintInternational Arthouse Series

The Act of Killing

  • 2013
  • Directed By: Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Documentary
  • 115 Minutes
  1. Thursday, March 6, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film The Act of Killing

Director Joshua Oppenheimer is
scheduled to be present.

In Indonesia, a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. The Act of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators, offering insight into the minds of mass killers. It is a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly trite culture of impunity in which killers can joke about crimes against humanity on television chat shows, and celebrate moral disaster with the ease and grace of a soft shoe dance number. In Indonesian and English language with English subtitles. (2K DCP presentation)


For information on the Jorgensen Guest Lecture with Joshua Oppenheimer, visit here.

The screening is being presented and hosted by UB Films. Special thanks to Brandon Walsh, Greta Smith and Caroline Ellert.