CORK CINE CLUB PRESENTS ‘THE ACT OF KILLING’

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CORK CINE CLUB PRESENTS ‘THE ACT OF KILLING’

THURSDAY 13 MARCH AT 8PM

St. John’s Central College, Sawmill Street, Cork City

2014 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature

Irish Times “Cultural Highlight of 2013”

The Act of Killing

CORK CINE CLUB PRESENTS
‘THE ACT OF KILLING’

THURSDAY 13 MARCH AT 8PM

St. John’s Central College, Sawmill Street, Cork City

2014 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature

Irish Times “Cultural Highlight of 2013”

Cork Cine Club presents the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing (Indonesia/UK 2012), on Thursday 13 March at 8pm in St. John’s Central College, Sawmill Street, Cork City.

This controversial ‘political documentary as experimental theatre’ is about the Indonesian death squad leaders of the mid-1960s who tortured and killed communists. In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, director Joshua Oppenheimer challenges these unrepentant men to dramatise their role in genocide.

It is a film within a film, as Oppenheimer urges the ageing gangsters to recreate their acts on an increasingly elaborate scale. They grin and mug for the cameras using prosthetics, props, and drag outfits. A strangulation scene is interrupted by the call for evening prayers, but they return after for their ablutions.

The Act Of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators, offering insight into the minds of mass killers. And is a nightmarish vision of a frightening culture of impunity in which killers joke about their crimes against humanity on television chat shows and celebrate moral disaster with the ease.

Unlike ageing Nazis, these men have not been forced by history to admit their crimes against humanity. Instead, they have written their own triumphant history, becoming role models for millions of young paramilitaries.

Director Oppenheimer has been criticized for the techniques he employs, most notably asking the executioners to act out their roles as if they were Hollywood stars.

The film has no distributor in Indonesia, but has been made available there as a free download in perpetuity that is ‘geo blocked’ and available only in Indonesia. It is understood to have been screened illegally there more than 500 times.

‘Because the Indonesian government typically bans films dealing with human rights violations, a traditional theatrical release for The Act Of Killing is not possible: a ban would become an excuse for paramilitary groups to attack screenings physically – and with impunity,’ according to the international distributors.

The film was made over a period of seven years. The names of most of the local Indonesian crew have been kept off the credits out of fear of reprisals.

Werner Herzog said The Act Of Killing is ‘the most frightening and most surreal film I’ve seen in at least a decade’ while Errol Morris calls it ‘amazing and impressive. “

Other films in Cork Cine Club’s current season are Night of Silence (Turkey 2012) on 20 March; In The Name Of (Poland 2013) on 27 March; and The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium/Netherlands 2012) on 3 April.

Cine Club membership is included in the ticket price of €8.50/€7. Trailers and reviews can be found on www.corkcineclub.com, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Tickets are sold at the door. Foreign language films are subtitled.

Cork Cine Club is a volunteer-run organisation whose mission is to give local audiences the chance to see a range of world cinema not usually available on commercial cinema screens. Since its founding in 2010, the Cine Club has offered more than 90 of the best in independent films to Cork cinephiles.

Cork Cine Club is supported by access>CINEMA, a resource organization for regional cultural cinema, and by The Arts Council of Ireland.

Cork Cine Club is supported by access>CINEMA, a resource organization for regional cultural cinema, and by The Arts Council of Ireland.

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