Reel Off Film Nights will be screening The Act of Killing, a 2012 documentary film about the killings that took place from 1965 to 1966 in Indonesia. The film is directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and co-directed by Christine Cynn and an anonymous Indonesian.
This much awarded documentary depicts the way in which the killers are celebrated and protected by the state. In his acceptance speech for the 2014 BAFTA Award, Oppenheimer highlighted the British and American involvement in the crimes of the country’s warlords, saying they have “collective responsibility” for “participating in and ignoring” the crimes.
According to Oppenheimer, the filmmaking method used in the documentary is best seen as “an investigative technique, refined to help us understand not only what we see, but also how we see, and how we imagine. (The resulting film may best be described as a documentary of the imagination.) These are questions of critical importance to understanding the imaginative procedures by which human beings persecute each other, and how we then go on to build (and live in) societies founded on systemic and enduring violence.”
By screening this film, we hope to generate a discussion on state violence and the British and American involvement in conflicts and revolutions in the past and today.
Reel Off will now kindly be hosted by Rumi’s Cave, which offers an eclectic mix of programs and events, ranging from poetry and music nights, to afternoon tea, and a variety of talks, courses and creative workshops.
6.45: Door is open
7.00: Introduction to film
Entrance is free, donations (to cover costs) welcome!
26 Willesden Lane,
London NW6 7ST
Please bring food & non-alcoholic drinks. We’ll provide tea and small snacks.
We look forward to seeing you there.