How do we tell stories of the aftermath of runaway, catastrophic change? How do we narrate survival among the ruins left behind by capitalism? Anna Tsing, ground-breaking, acclaimed anthropologist (Mushroom at the End of the World; the Feral Atlas project) in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing; The Look of Silence). Both began their careers in Indonesia; they discuss the different trajectories they followed and the overlap of interests in their recent and current work.

This dialogue is the fourth in a series of events hosted by the Documentary of the Imagination research project at CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media) at the University of Westminster. The project is led by Joshua Oppenheimer and Rosie Thomas and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The event is co-hosted by Bertha DocHouse, Doc Society and CPH:DOX. For more information about the Documentary of the Imagination research project, please visit our website.

Anna Tsing teaches anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and sometimes at Aarhus University, Denmark. She is co-editor of Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Anthropocene ( and author of various books, including The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins.

Joshua Oppenheimer is Professor of Film at the University of Westminster and a two-time Oscar-nominated film director. His two films, The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence , have helped transform Indonesia’s understanding of the most important event in its modern history – the 1965-66 genocide – inspiring a movement for truth, reconciliation and justice.

The event is free but registration is required. Please register on Eventbrite.

Please note that registration for this event will end at 12pm (GMT) on Monday 14th February. The link will be emailed to all registered participants shortly after that time. The event will be broadcast live on the Bertha Dochouse streaming site.