The Act of Killing

Date: 9/13/2013
Time: 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

The Act of Killing

Join us on September 13, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm, for a rare U.S. screening of the director's cut and discussion of the highly acclaimed film "The Act of Killing." This important and hauntingly original documentary portrays the 1965 state-sponsored mass killings in Indonesia, from the killers' point of view. The film has received five-star reviews and accolades from a myriad of publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Variety and others. As The Boston Globe's Janice Page writes, "See this film. I can't be any more direct."

Following the screening, we'll host a discussion with one of Indonesia's leading writers, Laksmi Pamuntjak, on the film's impact in Indonesia. Laksmi is the author of the best-selling novel Amba, which also revolves around the mass killings of 1965, and she is part of a growing effort to recover Indonesia's hidden history. Amba will appear in English this year under the title, The Question of Red.

Refreshments will be served.

Film screening: 1:30pm - 4:15pm
Discussion: 4:15pm - 5:00pm

About the film:

In 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.

"An extraordinary portrayal of genocide. To the inevitable question: what were they thinking, Joshua Oppenheimer provides an answer. It starts as a dreamscape, an attempt to allow the perpetrators to reenact what they did, and then something truly amazing happens. The dream dissolves into nightmare and then into bitter reality. An amazing and impressive film."
- Errol Morris

To read more about the film and director's cut, visit the following links: