July 2013 Archives

Theatrical Cut July 31, 7:30 p.m. Walker Art Center
Director's Cut August 1, 7:00 p.m. Walker Art Center
Conversation with director Joshuah Oppenheimer August 3, 12:00 p.m. Walker Art Center

In this chilling and inventive documentary, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer examines Indonesia's communist purge of 1965, in which more than one million leftists, intellectuals, and ethnic Chinese were killed. Leaders of the death squads continue to be celebrated as heroes, and the director challenged them to reenact their real-life killings in the style of the American movies that inspired their methods. The 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.

For more information on tickets and screenings please contact the Walker Art Center.

Mass Murder? Gee, That Was Fun 'Act of Killing' Re-enacts Indonesian Massacres: NY Times Movie Review

The Holocaust in European Memory took place on July 8-11, 2013 at the University of Minnesota.

The workshop examined questions such as how the Nazi murder of European Jews became "The Holocaust." How the story is conveyed through public memorials, school curricula, art, literature and film. How the Holocaust has been contextualized and rendered meaningful within the diversity of European nations and in the distant US. And what are its implications for teaching the Holocaust in the classroom.

The topic was approached from an interdisciplinary perspective, with internationally recognized scholars in the fields of history, sociology, literature and German/European studies from the University of Minnesota and Gustavus Adolphus College. Speakers focused on historiography, testimony, media and visual arts and assisted educators in creating curriculum and lessons they can incorporate into their classrooms.

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Educators also dialogued with Holocaust survivor Dora Zaidenweber. Who shared her insights on Holocaust memory and her experiences after World War II in Germany, Poland and the U.S.

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