After a successful first screening, we present the second film in our 'Cinematic Documentaries' screening series, with a zine by Arianne Maki.
cw: death, murder, genocide, trauma
During 1965 and 1966 large-scale killings of Chinese Indonesians and supposed leftist sympathisers swept Indonesia. The death toll is estimated to be between 500,000 and 3,000,000. 'The Act of Killing' (2012) is based upon accounts volunteered to the director by some of the perpetrators — all of whom have carried on their lives freely and proudly. With use of aesthetic cinematic techniques and an intriguing film-within-a-film structure, 'The Act of Killing' is an unconventional documentary. It asks many questions, of both the subjects and the audience: How can a person live soundly in denial? What will the pursuit of truth result in?
This film presents a snapshot of individual and collective trauma. The accompanying zine will attempt to contextualise the 1965-66 tragedy, while also seeking to interrogate 'The Act of Killing' both within the frame and outwith the frame.
Our 'Cinematic Documentaries' series is comprised of three films that form part of the growing practice of documentaries using a greater focus on form and visuals to tell factual stories. The films included and authors of the zines are:
— The Possibilities Are Endless, Adam Dransfield
— The Act of Killing, Arianne Maki
— Shirkers, Yi Ping Tan
Flipbook Films is a new film club/series of screenings which pairs each film with a zine made especially for the screening. Each zine acts as an accompaniment and an aide-memoire to the film being screened. Our intention is that the zine will stimulate discussion by communicating the ideas and moments from the film that have stayed with the author, as well as any contextual information which they feel is relevant. Each zine is individually made for each film which is chosen by the author. We would love to hear from you if you have a film you would like to communicate your love for in the medium of zine!
We have a recommended £2/4/6 (unwaged/waged/solidarity) entry donation for our events, with all donations going into material costs of running screenings (we ask you to please be honest with yourself and what you can afford).
No one will be judged or turned away for lack of funds, but since space is very limited, we ask that you email us (referencing your booking number) if you plan to donate less than £2, otherwise we will refund the booking.
This is purely to help ensure all tickets are used, and we will not require any further information than your booking reference.
GZL has an access ramp for entry. Our bathroom has space for a wheelchair however there is no lift/hoist for adult changing. We offer free sanitary products. We have a sofa and armchair for seating, in addition to benches and bean bag chairs. We have both overhead lighting and floor lamps. Please contact Lauren at [email protected]
with any access needs.