The Act of Killing

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

The Maine Film Center and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine co-present:

A screening of the critically acclaimed documentary The Act of Killing followed by a panel discussion

Part of the Maine Film Center’s new Community Lens documentary series, sponsored in part by the Maine Community Foundation

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), the filmmakers examine Indonesian death squad leaders, who have been celebrated as heroes, and challenge them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to The Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”

Moderator: Associate Professor of Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication, Professor Nick B. Mills is an award-winning news broadcaster with extensive experience as a radio news reporter, anchor and news director. He served in the Peace Corps’ Columbia Educational TV project and commanded a U.S. Army combat photo team in Vietnam. He has worked as a media trainer and consultant all over the world and is author of Combat Photographer (Time-Life Books).


Bryce Beemer, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History at Colby College, has a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, has traveled extensively in the Southeast Asian region, and lived and worked for four years in Thailand and two years in Myanmar (Burma).

Clifford Gilpin, PhD was on the staff of the World Bank for 22 years and held several operations assignments in the Africa and East Asia regions before becoming director of the Bank’s staff training program. During his career at the World Bank, he traveled frequently to Indonesia and managed the Bank’s work in education, health and population there from 1987 to 1992.

Richard C. Lumb, Ph.D. Emeritus, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York Brockport, currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine of Augusta and owner of Public Safety Planning, Policy and Research, will round out the panel with his knowledge of crime, criminality and social deviance.

Tickets: $10 ($5 for Maine Film Center members); available online in advance or at the door, subject to availability. Punchcards, comp tickets and membership privileges (other than the members’ discount price) do not apply. 50% of event proceeds will go to the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. Unrated. In English and in Indonesian with English subtitles. 115 Min.