team & projects
news & events
film series 2015
workshops & events
past events
contact us
resources & links


Film series: "Portraying Perpetrators"


With this film and discussion series we invite students, academics and all others interested to discuss the representation of perpetrators in documentary and feature films. Key questions that we will explore include: what is meant by the term "perpetrator"; the legacy of perpetrators over generations; how perpetrators narrate their own actions; the place of individual agendy and social mobilization in defining a perpetrator; and, crucially, the implications of our interest in and fascination with perpetrators.


Admission Free, all welcome.


15th January    7pm    Garwood Lecture Theatre

Dead Snow (2009) introduced by Christiane Wienand (UCL)

Dead Snow is a zombie-splatter film. A group medical students set off to spend their Easter holidays in a cabin in the mountains where they plan to ski and drink. After their arrival, they meet a strange hiker who tells them about the Nazi occupation in Norway and a group of German soldiers who went missing in the mountains and were never seen again. The following night they are attacked by a battalion of undead Nazis. The film is full of dark humour and was nominated for several Scream Awards. Rotten Tomatoes described it as "an entertaining mix of camp, scares, and blood and guts". The story is based on the draugr - an undead creature from Norse mythology. 


23rd February 2015    7pm   Garwood Lecture Theatre

Cargo 200 (2007) introduced by Julian Graffy

Cargo 200 is a Russian thriller thriller shot in 2007. It is set during the period of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.  Cargo 200 was the code word referring to casualties for transportation in the Russian military. A young woman is abducted and an innocent man is accused of having murdered her.

Please note: This film contains graphic scenes of sexual violence.


11th March 2015     7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre

Germany Pale Mother (1980) introduced by Mererid Puw Davies (UCL)

Germany Pale Mother is a West German drama from 1980. Narrator Anna tells the story of her parents before, during and after the Second World War. The film was inspired by director Helma Sanders-Brahms’ own family history.


13th May 2015   7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre

Il Divo (2008) introduced by Cristina Massaccesi (UCL)

This portrait of Italy's controversial elder statesman Giulio Andreotti won the jury price at the Cannes film festival. Andreotti served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since 1946 and was accused of being involved with the Mafia and responsible for a series of political killings that marked Italy's political life from the late 1960s onwards.


10th June 2015    7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre

Inglorious Basterds (2009) introduced by Roland Lack (UCL)

This film was directed by Quentin Tarantino and came out in 2009. It is set in German-occupied France and tells the fictional story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s political leadership.

For further information about the film series contact Julia Wagner j.wagner[at] or
Past films

6th June 2014 The Act of Killing (Denmark, Britain, Norway, 2012)

Introduced by Michael Stewart
"In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and André Singer, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies
they love."

7pm      UCL, Garwood Lecture Theatre



16th June 2014: I was a Slave Labourer
Filmed and Directed by Luke Holland

Made for the BBC's award-winning Storyville strand, arte-France and the
Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 'I Was a Slave Labourer' (74 minutes) is the inside
story of the international campaign, which Luke Holland helped to initiate,
and which ultimately secured $5 billion for over a million, former, forced
and slave labourers. Key protagonists in this dramatic yet intimate account,
are survivors and former slave labourers, Rudy Kennedy and Roman Halter. The
film, broadcast across Europe in the weeks preceding the final settlement,
is credited with contributing to the success of the campaign for belated
justice. 'I Was a Slave Labourer' has travelled internationally, including
screenings to mark Yom Hashoa in Israel; at The Imperial War Museum, London;
the Anne Frank Haus; the Jewish Museums of Paris and Berlin, in Prague, New
York and Taipei and twice at the Berlin Reichstag – on one occasion for MPs
and on another, to mark Germany’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

Luke Holland will attend the screening to discuss the film and the
film-making, as well as his on-going engagement in the unfinished business
of the Third Reich.


7pm     UCL, Garwood Lecture Theatre



9th October 2014: Garage Olimpo (Argentina, 1999)


Introducted by Claire Lindsay (UCL)

7pm Garwood Lecture Theatre





The film series is co-organized with the UCL European Institute: