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Film Screening: "The Act of Killing"

Date: 03/08/2014

Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Auditorium, Bell Museum of Natural History

Cost: Free


In the Oscar nominated film The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer turns his camera on perpetrators of the mass violence inflicted on Indonesians in the early days of President Suharto’s regime. The film exposes a culture of impunity in contemporary Indonesia, and it explores the power of re-enactment and performance in processes of healing and reconciliation.

We hope you can join us for this showing of the director's cut of the film, not currently available for online rental.

The public screening of the film, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., will be followed by a conversation - via Skype - with the film's director, Joshua Oppenheimer from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Joshua Oppenheimer has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. Educated at Harvard and Central St Martins, London, his award-winning films include The Globalization Tapes (2003, co-directed with Christine Cynn), The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998, Gold Hugo, Chicago Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival), These Places We've Learned to Call Home (1996, Gold Spire, San Francisco Film Festival) and numerous shorts. Oppenheimer is Senior Researcher on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Genocide and Genre project and has published widely on these themes.

This event is free and open to the public.



  • Name: Institute for Global Studies
  • E-mail: igsevent@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Human Rights Program, Political Science, Global Studies

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Institute for Global Studies at igsevent@umn.edu or at 612-624-9007.

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