A story of mass murderers who have won, and the sort of society they have built
In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatise their role in genocide. 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.
DOXBIO was delighted to be presenting The Act of Killing in two versions. The 115-min version is the version that was presented at Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. It is the version that was shown at the CPH:DOX Opening Gala 2012, and was screened on 7 November in 60 cinemas across Denmark. It is the main cinema version.
Read more – www.theactofkilling.com
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Co-director: Christine Cynn + Anonymous
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Production: Final Cut for Real ApS
Country: Denmark 2012
Length: 115 minutes
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) ect. Oppenheimer is Senior Researcher on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Councils Genocide and Genre project and has published widely on these themes.