Taking Lives: Art, Activism & the Death Penalty on Screen

The Showroom Cinema, in partnership with Amnesty International and the School of English at the University of Sheffield, presents Taking Lives, a mini-season of films exploring representations of capital punishment on screen.

The four films in the season - In Cold Blood (1969), Dancer in the Dark (2000), The Widow of Saint-Pierre (1999) and A Short Film About Killing (1988) - are thought provoking, unsettling and profoundly moving stories which prompt us to question the psychology of killing, whether that be murder by individuals or state sanctioned executions.

Why do we hurt each other? What does violence have to do with justice? And what does it take to be forgiven? As audiences, these films challenge us to reflect on these questions, and to ask ourselves why the death penalty still exists, and what we can do about it.

Each film in the season will be introduced by an expert speaker and followed by a post-screening discussion exploring the issues around human rights and the death penalty raised by the film.

For more information on Amnesty International’s current work on the death penalty see here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/death-penalty/

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