In 2013, the Cinema Series at GRU upped its game by hosting screenings of director Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” a visceral, eye-opening documentary about the individuals involved in the Indonesian killings of 1965-66.
The year before, the “Act of Killing” won best documentary at the 67th BAFTA awards and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.
This semester, the Cinema Series brings you Oppenheimer’s haunting and long-awaited follow-up, “The Look of Silence.”
A companion piece to “The Act of Killing,” “The Look of Silence” revisits the Indonesian killings with fresh eyes, providing a less shocking, but no less compelling view of the anticommunist purge that defined a nation.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, “The Look of Silence” has been called “profoundly moving” by Variety magazine and “remarkable” by the BBC.
“The Look of Silence” screens on Thursday, Sept. 17, at both 1 and 7 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre.
Free admission to The Cinema Series for students, faculty, staff and the general public is made possible by the Office of Student Life and Engagement and by the generous support of the Westobou Festival.
Dr. Andrew Goss, Chair of Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy will lead discussions following each screening.
Curious to see what else the Cinema Series has in store?
Make time on Wednesday, Sept. 30, for the Augusta premiere of Stevan Riley’s acclaimed documentary “Listen to Me Marlon.”
Part of Westobou’s “Celebrating the Life & Work of Marlon Brando,” “Listen to Me Marlon” uses recordings Brando made of himself to both narrate the story of his life and emphasize the ideas that drove him as an artist and a man. A discussion with the director is set to follow.
“Listen to Me Marlon” tickets are available for $15 for advanced purchase, $20 for day-of purchase and $45 for VIP access. Tickets for faculty, staff and the general public are available both at the Westobou Box Office at 1129 Broad St. and online at WestobouFestival.com.
Tickets are free for college students and $5 for military personnel. (*This offer is only available at the Westobou Box Office at 1129 Broad St).
VIP access includes preferred seating at the screening and a reception with Stevan Riley.
Need more Marlon?
“Celebrating the Life & Work of Marlon Brando” continues on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Maxwell Theatre with free screenings of two of Brando’s finest films – “On the Waterfront” (2 p.m.) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (4 p.m.).
Two vastly different takes on the idea of the blue-collar antihero, Tennessee William’s Southern Gothic classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” and the union drama “On the Waterfront” represent much of what defined Brando as an actor – namely his dynamic characterizations and his ability to lose himself inside a role.
For more information on “Celebrating the Life & Work of Marlon Brando,” visit WestobouFestival.com/marlon-brando.
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