The Act of Killing is about killers who have won, and the sort of society they have built. Unlike ageing Nazis or Rwandan génocidaires, death squad leader Anwar Congo and his friends 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.
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.
- Running Time: 159 minutes
- Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
- Co-Directors: Christine Cynn & Anonymous
Raw, terrifying, and painfully difficult to watch, The Act of Killing offers a haunting testament to the edifying, confrontational power of documentary cinema.
This event is co-hosted by Siraj Ali who runs the unofficial Eqbal Ahmad page on Facebook. If you are a follower of Eqbal Ahmad or are curious about his work and legacy, do stop by and meet up with other fans before the screening.
Date: Saturday, 12th April, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi