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The Act of Killing

MOVIE SYNOPSIS
The Act of Killing


The filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.
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'This is history, this is who we are," says Anwar Congo with considerable pride and no remorse, asked to reexamine - and then reenact, for the camera - the atrocities he oversaw as a leader of the Medan death squads in Indonesia of 1965. In The Act of Killing, Congo and his key cohorts blithely recall the murders and tortures they committed. It's like a 50-years-on reunion of frat boys, waxing nostalgic over the drunken revelries of yore. » Read more

MPAA rating:
Unrated
Cast:
Ibrahim Sinik; Herman Koto; Anwar Congo; Syamsul Arifin
Directed by:
Joshua Oppenheimer
Genre:
Documentary
Running time:
01:55
Release date:
2014
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