Northwestern University

Fri 7:00 PM

Block Cinema: The Act of Killing

When: Friday, October 18, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  

Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Cost: w/ Wildcard $4; w/o Wildcard $6

Contact: Block Cinema Office   847.491.4000

Group: Block Cinema

Category: Fine Arts

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(Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, and Anonymous, 2013, Denmark/Norway/UK, DCP, 115 min.)

Hailed as a masterpiece by the Village VoiceThe Act of Killing is a provocative and searing exploration of the moral consequences and psychic aftermath of genocide. The film features two members of Indonesia’s notorious 1960s death squads, responsible for the murders of thousands of people. They reenact their killings for the camera, recreating them as western, gangster, and musical scenes. Prideful boasting about their crimes leads to questioning about the morality of their actions, and possibly remorse. The Act of Killing blurs the lines between documentary and fiction, objective fact and subjective personal and cultural memory, and reality and illusion, finding its way to a more profound portrait of human nature. “Powerful, surreal, and frightening.”—Werner Herzog

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