Humanities Institute

The Act of Killing (Director’s Cut)

Film Screening and Faculty-Led Discussion to Follow

Mon, December 2, 2013 | Studio 4D, Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMB), UT Campus

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Presented in association with the Intermedia Workshop, the director's cut of Joshua Oppenheimer’s remarkable documentary film The Act of Killing will screen on Monday, December 2. The screening will be followed with a discussion led by Veit Erlmann (Ethnomusicology, UT Austin), Yoke Sum Wong (History, Lancaster University, UK), and Russell Bush (director and UT Austin MFA graduate in film production).

Joshua Oppenheimer is an American-British film director based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He and his colleagues 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.
This event is cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Humanities Institute, with generous support from the Viola S. Hoffman and George W. Hoffman Lectureship in Liberal Arts and Fine Arts.


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