SHOCKINGLY overlooked at the Academy Awards earlier this year Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful documentary The Act of Killing is a viewing experience like no other that you’ll never forget. Thankfully Dungannon Film Club is offering those who missed the documentary the first time round, the opportunity to see it on Wednesday 9th April.
The documentary challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to re-enact their mass-killings during an anti-communist purge during the 1960s that saw the deaths of more than 500,000 people. Oppenheimer allowed these individuals to use whichever cinematic genres they wished and the final result is a truly surreal and unsettling viewing experience, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
While the film was overlooked at this year’s Academy Awards, it did win the Best Documentary award at this year’s BAFTA’s. During his acceptance speech Oppenheimer asserted that the United States and the United Kingdom had “collective responsibility” for “participating in and ignoring” the crimes committed in Indonesia. This broadcast outburst might explain why the documentary was unsuccessful on Oscar night.
The screening at Dungannon Arts Centre begins at 7.30pm, with tickets for the event priced at £5 and can be purchased directly from the film society’s website.