The Act of Killing (2012)

  • Documentary
  • 2h 39m
“It’s like we’re living at the end of the world”

Documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer tracks down the men behind the Indonesian genocide during the mid 1960s, men who are now in positions of power with sickening bragging rights. They are then invited to re-enact these murders in whichever film genre they wish, performing for the camera and Oppenheimer as if American movie gangsters, confessing their very real acts of torture to varying degrees of pride and emotional breakdown. Executive Producer Werner Herzog has said of the film, ‘I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade… it is unprecedented in the history of cinema.’

“A supreme testament to the cinema’s capacity for inquiry, confrontation and remembrance.” — Village Voice



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