Empire – Extended Interview: Joshua Oppenheimer – Hollywood: Chronicle of an Empire


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Joshua Oppenheimer is an American film director based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, that centres on Indonesian death squad leaders who killed thousands of Communists in the 1960s, was recently awarded a BAFTA, and has been nominated for an Oscar for best documentary.

Oppenheimer is a senior researcher at the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Genocide and Genre project.

According to the documentary website, Oppenheimer had spent more than a decade with “militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination”.

He joins Empire to provide an in-depth look into the making of the film.

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