JOSHUA OP­PEN­HEIMER TRIB­UTE

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Af­ter the mil­i­tary coup in In­done­sia in 1965, the coun­try's new lead­ers, with the com­plic­ity of Western gov­ern­ments, used thugs and paramil­i­tary groups to slaugh­ter more than a mil­lion "com­mu­nists," which in­cluded pretty much any­body the killers didn't like. Film­maker Joshua Op­pen­heimer has made a pair of ex­tra­or­di­nary films that ex­pands the con­cept of the doc­u­men­tary form. In The Act of Killing ,he in­ter­views men who took part in that blood­bath, some who still hold po­si­tions of power in In­done­sia. The Look of Si­lence ex­am­ines the same hor­rors from the per­spec­tive of the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims. A young op­tometrist named Adi, born af­ter the slaugh­ter, con­fronts the men who killed his brother and asks them to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions. These films make history as well as doc­u­ment it, gal­va­niz­ing a new open­ness and will­ing­ness on the part of the peo­ple of In­done­sia to con­front and come to terms with their history. The Act of Killing screens at 1:30 p.m. on Satur­day, July 11, fol­lowed by a con­ver­sa­tion with the di­rec­tor. Op­pen­heimer is in­ter­viewed by David Barsamian at 4 p.m. Sun­day, July 12; a screen­ing of The Look of Si­lence fol­lows at 5:30 p.m. Not rated. Var­i­ous run­ning times. In English and In­done­sian with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Jonathan Richards)

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