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Podcast #6 – The Act of Killing

This week we discuss Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing, now in theaters. It follows a group of gangsters in Indonesia, who were responsible for many of the killings in the anti-Communist purge of 1965-1966. Oppenheimer has given them the opportunity to make a film re-enacting the violence, a device which Daniel finds more effective than Chris. We’ll address its implications, and whether The Act of Killing really has anything new to offer. Then we address the charges that Oppenheimer did not include enough historical context, as well as Errol Morris‘s contention that documentaries should not simply be filmed versions of books.

The Act of Killing

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“The Realness” is a weekly podcast about documentary film. Hosts Daniel Walber and Christopher Campbell discuss new and classic titles, genres, methods, ethics and other important topics regarding non-fiction cinema. Sometimes they’re joined by filmmakers and other figures from the documentary community.

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