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The Act of Killing - Film and Discussion

May 05, 2014: The Center for Religion, Culture, and Community‚Äč hosted the film, "The Act of Killing" with discussion.¬† It was shown in its entirety, followed by a discussion led by Fr. Eko Armada Riyanto, an Indonesian Vincentian priest, and Dr. Scott Hibbard, a DePaul faculty member from the Political Science Department. The film was an exploration of key figures in Indonesia's recent history who were death squad leaders. It documented the ways in which these individuals were celebrated as heroes, and the makers of the film challenge them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they loved. The hallucinatory result was 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.