27 February – 18:00-21:00 – BISR Guilt Screening – The Act of Killing
Venue: Birkbeck Cinema
The Act of Killing (theatrical release)
Joshua Oppenheimer, Norway / Denmark / UK, 2012, 122 minutes
Presenter: Alan Norrie
Anwar Congo is a doting grandfather and an Indonesian national hero. In 1965, from being a small-time gangster, he became one of the leaders of the death squads. They killed more than half a million people in a supposedly anti-communist purge.
The massacres have received scant attention outside Indonesia. In Indonesia, the killers, so far from concealing their bloodshed, revel in it with impunity.
They are movie-fans. For The Act of Killing they were persuaded to restage their murderous exploits on film in any way they chose. The upshot is an extraordinary fusion of fiction and reality. The Act of Killing captures the surreal strangeness of a new world that political violence carves.
For more information about the film, see http://theactofkilling.co.uk/
28 February – 09:30-18:00 – Sport, Sport, Sport:
A Screening Programme of Soviet Era
Cinema and Artist Moving Image
Venue: Birkbeck Cinema
A day of screenings structured around three Soviet era films – alongside five artist moving image works – the ‘Sport, Sport, Sport’ programme examines the relationship between themes of sport in cinema and artist moving image, in tandem with the influence of this particular era on film-making and aesthetics in contemporary art. With the Soviet era films either rarely or never seen before in the UK, all early works in the careers of the filmmakers and subtitled especially for the screenings, the programme as a whole draws upon the long-running ties between sport, the moving body and early experiments in film. With an introduction from the curator Tiffany Boyle, and a presentation from the artist and writer Susan Pui San Lok.
Věra Chytilová ⁞ Isaak Fridberg ⁞ Elem Klimov ⁞ Phil Collins ⁞ Laura Horelli ⁞ Jo Longhurst ⁞ Craig Mulholland ⁞ Salla Tykkä
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