Wrongs: An Interview with Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer
A Cultural History of Law in the Modern Age, 2016
22 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2019
Date Written: May 25, 2016
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer, in conversation with Richard Sherwin and Danielle Celemajer, discusses how truth and fiction, memory and fantasy, history and aesthetics figure in his two films The Act of Killing (2012) and The Look of Silence (2014) on the genocide in Indonesia in 1965-66, which claimed the lives of at least 500,000 victims. By remembering (and re-imagining) acts of torture and killing, from the perspectives of both the victims and the perpetrators, Oppenheimer explores the twin possibilities of individual and collective forgiveness and the re-legitimation of the political process. Oppenheimer’s work enacts an ethically inflected aesthetic that enriches our understanding of art, history, and politics alike.
Keywords: torture, human rights, genocide, transitional justice, film. aesthetics, surrealism, reconciliation, empathy, love
JEL Classification: K14, K42,
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