War Crimes are defined by the Winner

This looks like a rather good movie considering the state of the world…

You can find about the film here.

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is 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. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to The Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”

The film makers take one of the warlords (Anwar Congo) and recreate, as it looks to me, some of his murders with him in the middle.

How… mimetic…

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

5 thoughts on “War Crimes are defined by the Winner

  1. Joel, I hope you are commenting on our sick world. This is sick. I am against the death penalty, but this makes me think the special OPS people ought to be dispatched to eliminate some people. Oximorons abound in too many ways. I think I am losing my religion. My mystic dreams are to be the archangel Michael, to take vengeance upon the world. Bad Joel.

    1. No, Gary – this is a quote from the movie.

      I do not think all ethics are situational either, nor morals age-defined.

      But, the movie is interesting because it places a murdered in the scene where he murdered, and it gives him pause. I wonder if we could take people who have ordered and/or carried out such things in the place of the murdered, if that would make our world better.

  2. I am becoming more and more pessimistic about the world. But at least I have not become a dispensationalist, yet. May be a little anti-Christ in all of us.

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