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The Act of Killing nominated for two BAFTAs

Date: 08/01/2014

It was announced this morning that the film ‘The Act of Killing’ has received two BAFTA nominations for Film Not in the English Language and Documentary.

The film, part of the AHRC-funded Genocide and Genre research project at the University of Westminster, explores the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s, telling the story of a group of former members of Indonesian death squads being challenged to revisit and re-enact their earlier crimes. The film focuses particularly on one individual, Anwar Congo, whose initial enthusiasm for the re-enactments slowly gives way to outward expressions of unease and remorse. The film was supported by a large research grant from the AHRC.

Professor Joram ten Brink, Director of the International Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film at the University of Westminster and Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded project, said:

“We are delighted that our work on the Genocide and Genre project has been recognised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The documentary form has the power to move, challenge and inspire in unique ways and this nomination is testament to the impact that our film ‘The Act of Killing’ has had around the world, and not least in Indonesia itself. We would like to thank the University of Westminster, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and our many other partners for their support of our work.”

Professor Mark Llewellyn, the AHRC’s Director of Research, said: “Warmest congratulations to all involved in the ‘Genocide and Genre’ project at the University of Westminster. The film has not only united critics and the public in praise around the world, but also shown how engaged and innovative practice-based research can stimulate, challenge and open up new questions for debate.”

Watch a short film in which Professor ten Brink talks about the research behind The Act of Killing.

Notes to Editors

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk
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