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Seminar on the movie The Act of Killing
November 16, 2012 - 14:00-16:00
The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) invites to a seminar on: The Act of Killing
Venue: Danish Institute for International Studies, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K
The Act of Killing was the opening film of the CPH:DOX festival and is currently being shown throughout the country. The film explores the truth behind the mass murders in Indonesia in 1965-66, when at least 500,000 people were killed. How is it possible to bring the truth into the open, when terrorization has produced a culture of silence amongst families of victims, and when the killers have won? Unlike ageing Nazis or Rwandan génocidaires, Anwar Congo and his friends, whom the film follows, have not been forced by history to admit they participated in crimes against humanity. Instead, they have written their own triumphant history, becoming role models for millions of young paramilitaries.
The Act of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators, offering insight into the minds of mass killers. The film presents 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. Werner Herzog has described the film as ‘unprecedented in the history of cinema’.
This public seminar with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing, will assume that participants have seen the film in advance of the seminar. Please see the program schedule at these links: CPH:DOX and DOXBIO.
The seminar, based on an interview format with the director, will bring researchers with expertise in the areas of film studies, Indonesian politics, psychology of perpetrators, and moral philosophy into dialogue with the director.
Joshua Oppenheimer, Film Director, The Act of Killing
Vera Altmeyer, PhD Student, NIAS
Ib Bondebjerg, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Johannes Lang, Postdoc, DIIS
Ditte Marie Munch-Hansen, PhD Student, University of Copenhagen
Robin May Schott, Senior Researcher, DIIS
More details about the speakers and the seminar are available on our website.
The seminar will be held in English.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Thursday, 15 November 2012 at 12.00 noon.
Please await confirmation by e-mail from DIIS for participation.