Joshua Oppenheimer in Conversation

It is with great excitement that we can now confirm the details for the upcoming event with award winning documentary film maker Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing/ The Look of Silence) at the University of Melbourne.

Joshua Oppenheimer will hold an exclusive Q & A with ABC Radio National’s Jason Di Rosso on Tuesday, 11 August, 1- 2.30pm @ the open stage, 757 Swanston St (cnr. Grattan St).

This is a free event but seats are limited so please arrive early to guarantee your seat.

If possible, it would be really wonderful if you could help us promote this event, which is sponsored by the SHAPS Asia History Hub, the Melbourne University Indonesia Forum and the Herb Feith Foundation, to your students and fellow colleagues.

In addition to sticking up posters for the event, we are hoping to post details of the event through the LMS system and to spruik the event in lectures. We would be most grateful if you could help us spread the word.


A trailer for The Look of Silence can be viewed at:

The Look of Silence will have three screenings at the Melbourne International Film Festival:

In addition to his appearance at the university, Joshua will also be speaking at the Melbourne International Film festival. This event is co-sponsored by the Melbourne University Indonesia forum and the Herb Feith Foundation.

For details:


Please help us to get the word out!

Many thanks,

Jess Melvin

Rewriting the story of the 1965 tragedy

‘Momentum is currently growing’, notes graduate student Jess Melvin in an article in the Jakarta Post on 30 September, ‘around the need for an historical reckoning of the Indonesian genocide’. Joshua Oppenheimer’s film The Act of Killing has just been released for free download in Indonesia, and Jess argues that an official government apology will be an important part of the reconciliation process.

PhD student Jessica Melvin at the Melbourne International Film Festival

On August 10, PhD candidate Jessica Melvin was a panelist at a talking pictures session co-sponsored by the Melbourne International Film festival and the Indonesia Forum following the screening of the film, The Act of Killing which focuses on the 1965 violence in Indonesia. The event was called ‘Caught in the Act: Indonesia and the Act of Killing’. For some photos of the event see MIFF talkingpictures-caught-in-the-act  For event details see the Indonesia Forum website

After The Act of Killing: Historical Justice and the 1965-66 Mass Killings in Indonesia

The Herb Feith Foundation, the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and the Indonesia Forum at the University of Melbourne held a multi-site Conference in conjunction with STF Driyarkara University, Jakarta on August 30, 2013 at The University of Melbourne.

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This conference was live streamed and recorded to view the footage, click here
Or to view the conference in parts click on the following Part One: Part Two


Final Program

Indonesian Media Coverage Kompas : Sinar Harapan