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Porter/FDM/CDAR Visiting Artist: Joshua Oppenheimer

Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
Communications 150 (Studio C)

"The Act of Killing" - 2014 Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature
Screening and Q&A with director

“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade.” –Werner Herzog

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris  and Werner Herzog, 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." (Co-Directed by Christine Cynn & Anonymous)

Presented by Film & Digital Media, Porter College, and Center for Documentary Arts and Research