PREMIERE EVENT FRIDAY MARCH 7th at 7:00pm: THE ACT OF KILLING (Director's Cut)
Venue: Friday 7th March, 7:00pm Seeley G. Mudd Lecture Hall 124 USC Campus (enter off Vermont Ave)
- Winner of Basil Wright Film Prize at the RAI Edinburgh Festival and 2014 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary
- Director/Anthropologist: Joshua Oppenheimer
- Year of Release: 2012
- Duration: 156 mins Director's cut (115 mins release cut) 2013
- Country of Production: Cameroon
- Location: Medan, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Language: Indonesian (English)
Venue: Friday 7th March, 7-10pm Seeley G. Mudd Lecture Hall 124/123 USC Campus(enter off Vermont Ave)
When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city, Anwar himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands. Today, Anwar is revered as a founding father of a right-wing paramilitary organization that grew out of the death squads. The organization is so powerful that its leaders include government ministers, and they are happy to boast about everything from corruption and election rigging to acts of genocide.
In The Act of Killing, Anwar and his friends agree to tell us the story of the killings. But their idea of being in a movie is not to provide testimony for a documentary: they want to be stars in their favourite film genres - gangster, western, musical. They write the scripts. They play themselves. And they play their victims. The Act of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators, and a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly banal 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.
“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade. The Act of Killing is unprecedented in the history of cinema.” - Werner Herzog