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Joshua Oppenheimer Quotes

I think we are fascinated and scared by evil at the same time. I think its important not to suppress our fascination but to walk into it with open eyes.
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Cinema is, of course, the great storytelling medium of modernity.

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From 2005 to 2010, I was exclusively shooting 'The Act of Killing' and then editing it.

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I don't drink in the cinema because I have a bladder the size of a hummingbird.

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I don't think there's a morally perfect way to do anything in life, but I'm not a filmmaker who tries to hide my mess.

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I heard about the Holocaust before hearing the 'Cinderella' story or watching 'Peter Pan.'

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I went looking for embodiments of pure evil, but found ordinary people.

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My background is in filmmaking, and my mentor is Dusan Makavejev, who combined fiction and documentary.

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'The Act of Killing' helped catalyze this basic transformation in how the media talks about the past.

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Waking from any fever dream, one retains, above all, impressions seared into memory.

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Fiction allows us to both evade truth and to approach it - or, rather, it's fiction that allows us to 'construct' our world. It's haunted by the unimaginable and the unspeakable.

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If we don't accept the uncomfortable proposition that every perpetrator of virtually every act of evil in our history has been a human being like us, then we actually foreclose the possibility of understanding how we do this to one another and therefore make it impossible to figure out how we might prevent these things.

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In calling someone a bad guy, I reassure myself that I'm good. I elevate myself. I call it the 'Star Wars morality'. And unfortunately, it underpins most of the stories we tell.

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We all identify with the people we see, and in a good documentary, we are not just reading an account of the world, we're seeing and hearing our world.

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We can never run away from our past. The past will catch up to us because it is us. It is a part of us; it's what makes us we are. It's what delineates the borders of our societies.

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I really believe that the past is beyond our grasp and what is essential about the past is something unspeakable.

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Performance is always oriented towards a spectator, towards an imagined audience and I was thinking who is their imagined audience?

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