The relationship between cinema, trauma, and memory underlie this intense look at the complex process of directing The Act of Killing over the course of more than a decade. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer discusses his “documentary of the imagination” and ways that fiction can be used to excavate truth as well as help people escape it.
Oppenheimer’s articulation of the ethical and political issues involved with making and releasing The Act of Killing is a must for anyone interested in the ethics of documentary cinema. Copresented with IFP-Minnesota. Program length 2 hours.