26 January 2017. Film screening “The Act of Killing”

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Venue: 3.15, 3F2, 18 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

This award winning film looks into the lives and thinking of some of the people who perpetrated the mass murder of communists in Indonesia in 1965. From the synopsis: The Act of Killing is about killers who have won, and the sort of society they have built. Unlike ageing Nazis or Rwandan génocidaires, these murderers have not been forced by history to admit they participated in crimes against humanity. Instead, they have written their own triumphant history, becoming role models for millions of young paramilitaries. The Act of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators, offering insight into the minds of mass killers. And The Act of Killing is a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly banal culture of impunity in which killers can joke about crimes against humanity on television chat shows, and celebrate moral disaster with the ease and grace of a soft shoe dance number. For more information on the film, see: http://theactofkilling.com/

Discussion of the film will be faciliated by CNaM member Maria Pakpahan, who has been involved in the International People’s Tribunal 1965 that has sought to document these crimes and hold the Indonesian government to account for them. http://www.tribunal1965.org/about/

We’ll provide some drinks and snacks. This is also an opportunity to meet other CNaM Network members.


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