SFS: The Act of Killing

Shipley Film Society

Bringing great cinema to our little corner of Yorkshire
The Act of Killing
Certificate: 15
Friday 10th February 2017, 7.30pm
Admission: £4.00 adults, £3 unwaged
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The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer & Christine Cynn, Indonesia, 2012)
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"All murderers are punished, unless they kill in large numbers, and to the sound of trumpets.” The film’s opening quote from Voltaire sets the stage for a difficult, surreal and chilling journey into the heart of human darkness.
This unique and disturbing documentary challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders with a fascination for movies to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic crime scenes and lavish musical numbers.
"It was as if we were killing… happily," says Anwar Congo as the filming progresses. It is undeniably a difficult film to watch, but one which we owe to ourselves and those who have lived through or who are still facing such horror.

“Oppenheimer demonstrates how easily the passive spectator can become an unlikely abettor, and the great cause of his film is to make his actors and audience recognize their moral culpability.”
Boston Pheonix

“The Act of Killing works brilliantly on many levels, capturing like no other documentary I have seen, like no other film I can imagine, the fevered insanity of those days.”
The Australian

“Unspeakable horror and utterly mundane madness are thrown together in the existential equivalent of the Large Hadron Collider - fact and fiction meeting head on with quietly earth-shattering results.”
The Observer

“It is a gut-churning film: and a radical dive into history, grabbing the past in a way a conventional documentary would not.”
The Guardian


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