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The Act Of Killing

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 7:00 PM EDT
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI

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Co-sponsored by the UM Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  Featuring a post-screening Q&A with an Indonesian film producer.

Academy Award® Nominee – Best Documentary Feature

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. 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. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to The Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”

Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer; Co-Directed by Anonymous & Christine Cynn.

“It’s a mind-bending film, devastating and disorienting, that disturbs us in ways we’re not used to being disturbed, raising questions about the nature of documentary, the persistence of evil, and the intertwined ways movies function in our culture and in our minds.” -The Los Angeles Times

“Herzog has described the [film] — alternately horrifying and blackly humorous — as ‘a new form of cinematic surrealism,’ one that reveals the perpetrators’ inner self-conceptions of their crimes, rather than merely documenting what took place.” -The Hollywood Reporter

2012. 115 minutes. Not rated.