The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing (15)

In the 1960’s Anwar Congo was a leader in Indonesia’s pro-regime paramilitary the Pancasila Youth who, along with his band of dedicated followers, was amongst those who participated in the murder and torture more than a million alleged Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals. Proud of their deeds and completely unpunished, Anwar and his pals are delighted when the film’s director ask them to re-enact these murders for their documentary – in any genre they desire. Initially Anwar and his friends enthusiastically take up the challenge using hired actors, making elaborate sets and costumes and even using pyrotechnic, but eventually as the movie violence is played out and reconstructed, Anwar finally begins to feel unease and remorse.

Certificate: 15     Distributor: Dogwoof

Dirs. Joshua Oppenheimer & Christine Cynn, Denmark/Norway/ UK/Rest of the Word, 2012, 115 mins, documentary

Cast (as themselves):  Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, Sakhyan Asmara

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