Indonesian Massacre Double-Feature to Hit SF Cinema

A poster of "The Act of Killing"

BANGKOK — A perfect antidote to the too-sweet taste that comes in the middle of every February, two award-winning documentaries about the 1960s Indonesian genocide will screen in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Known for featuring reenactments of the systematic murder from five decades ago by its perpetrators, the director’s cut version of “The Act of Killing” (2012) will show at 8pm tonight at SF Central World. The film can be seen again on Thursday and runs through Feb. 17 at SF Central World and SFX Cinema Maya in Chiang Mai.
 


 

As a follow-up to “The Act of Killing,” director Joshua Oppenheimer made “The Look of Silence” (2014), which documents a family, whose son was slain in the mass murders between 1960 and 1965, confronting the men who carried out the killings. The film will show Saturday at SF Central World and Feb. 18 at SF Cinema Maya Chiang Mai.

As a follow-up to “The Act of Killing,” director Joshua Oppenheimer made “The Look of Silence” (2014), which documents a family, whose son was slain in the mass murders between 1960 and 1965, confronting the men who carried out the killings. The film will show Saturday at SF Central World and Feb. 18 at SF Cinema Maya Chiang Mai.
 


 

“The Act of Killing” won a BAFTA Award for best documentary film and was nominated for an Oscar in 2014 while “The Look of Silence” won the Grand Jury Prize at Venice International Film Festival in 2014 and has been nominated for a 2016 Academy Award.

Both films will be screened in English with Thai subtitles. Tickets can be booked online.

For greater context, Charnvit Kasetsiri and Puangthong Pawakapan, two professors of Southeast Asia Studies, will also host a talk “State Crime in Southeast Asia” to coincide with the films on Saturday at SF Central World. The event, organized by Documentary Club and Film Kawan, starts at 6pm and will be conducted in Thai.

 

Chayanit Itthipongmaetee can be reached at [email protected] and @chayaniti92.

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