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The Act Of Killing

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Errol Morris (The Fog of War), the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.

In the 1960s Anwar Congo was a leader in Indonesia's pro-regime paramilitary group, 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, which have still gone unpunished, Anwar and his pals are lauded as national heroes, and are delighted when the filmmakers ask them to re-enact these murders for their documentary in any genre they desire.

2014 Academy Awards nominee, Best Documentary, Features. BAFTA Awards 2014 winner, Best Documentary. SXSW Film Festival 2013 nominee.

"Presenting a terrifying view of a hidden holocaust and a moral apocalypse in which the most basic humanities have become twisted beyond recognition, The Act of Killing is a towering achievement in filmmaking, documentary or otherwise." - Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Running Time
277 mins
Nb videos
2 videos included

Comments (3)

Anonymous picture

Such lovely people! Just like later in Timor Leste, and still at it in West Papua. A leopard can't change his spots?

Anonymous picture

Indonesian language film

Allan avatar

I cannot believe that these people go unpunished, what a terrible indictment of the Indonesian people's.
Hitler and his henchmen are still being hunted and brought to justice all these years on and rightly so.
But where is the justice for the million plus people who were tortured ...Read more