How are we to judge actions, inactions and rationalisations of people who find themselves in a murky grey zone of complicity with violence? What does ethics demand of us in dreadful, even impossible, situations?

The Complicity film series explored cinematic depictions that bring the thorny issue of complicity to the fore, focusing on Nazi-occupied France, apartheid South Africa, Argentina’s Dirty War and Communist Romania.

In selecting these four critically acclaimed films, we aimed to provoke reflection on ambiguous aspects of violence and human rights abuses. A guiding premise of the event was that reckoning with such experiences is essential in learning from past atrocities and preventing future catastrophes. The films were all introduced by academics and there was no entry fee. 

The film series was funded by the European Commission through the European Research Council Starting Grant Illuminating the Grey Zone, with the support of the Global Justice Academy.

All projections took place at Cameo Edinburgh, 38 Home St, Edinburgh EH3 9LZ