After the military coup in Indonesia in 1965, an estimated 500 000 suspected communists were brutally murdered by paramilitary forces. Half a century later, the men responsible for the killings are celebrated and hailed as heroes in their country. In THE ACT OF KILLING the filmmakers challenge the perpetrators to reenact their mass-killings in the style of american action movies. The result is an inventive and daring documentary, and a horrifying glimpse into Indonesia's dark past.
Christine Cynn, Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonym
JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER is an American filmmaker who has made several award-winning documentaries, including THESE PLACES WE'VE LEARNED TO CALL HOME (1996) and THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE (1997). THE ACT OF KILLING has been the subject of great attention and critical acclaim all over the world.