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The Act of Killing (Shorter Theatrical Version)

HD   15

Joshua Oppenheimer

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About the Film

Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, even though Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan, Indonesia. When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city, Anwar himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands. The Act Of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators, offering insight into the minds of mass killers. The film is a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly banal culture of impunity in which killers can joke about crimes against humanity on television chat shows, and celebrate moral disaster with the ease and grace of a soft shoe dance number.

Customer Reviews

The Act of Killing

Incredible film-making. The bizarre settings and weird humour just add to the horror. A documentary where we witness no actuality violence but wind up feeling appalled, blood-soaked, and sick to the stomach. Gratifyingly, the protagonist, eventually appears to feel some of this too.

You should watch this

A harrowing often bizarre insight into the Indonesian massacre of supposed communists in 1965, seen through the eyes of its executioners.

Powerful stuff

This film needs to be seen by ordinary Indonesians who don't know what went on in their own country all those years ago.

The Act of Killing (Shorter Theatrical Version)
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  • £5.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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