Screening & Discussion | The Act of Killing

Saturday, 25 October 2014


Venue: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BZ 

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Filmhouse

This “bone-chilling” documentary follows Anwar Congo, leader of a death squad in 1960s Indonesia. Flipping the conventional focus on the victims of atrocities, Director Joshua Oppenheimer instead turns his cameras on the unrepentant – and unpunished – perpetrators. Inviting men who directly participated in the murder and torture of more than a million suspected Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals to dramatise their crimes in the genre of their choice, he creates a surreal and intensely disturbing psycho-spectacle.

The Act of Killing has been described as both a ‘game changer’ and a ‘high-minded snuff movie’. Differing viewpoints on this controversial film will be aired and debated in the post-screening discussion led by the photographer and writer Owen Logan.