The Act of Killing

, , , , | 2012 | 115 min. | |
A Film by Joshua Oppenheimer

Friday September 06, 2013


$12 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center or online

A Film by Joshua Oppenheimer

Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, even though Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan, Indonesia. 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.

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"More terrifying than any horror film, and more intellectually adventurous than just about any 2013 release so far, The Act of Killing is a major achievement, a work about genocide that rightly earns its place alongside Shoah as a supreme testament to the cinema's capacity for inquiry, confrontation, and remembrance."

--Nick Schager, Village Voice

 

"It's often said of documentaries that they deserve to have as wide an audience as possible. This doesn't deserve; it demands - not for what it says about present-day Indonesia or even about its former horrors. But because almost every frame is astonishing."

--Catherine Shoard, The Guardian

Winner of the Panorama Audience Award for Documentary Film at the Berlin International Film Festival ('13).

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