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The Act of Killing

In this chilling and inventive documentary, produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American m ...

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Title: The Act of Killing
Genre: Documentary, History
Cast: Syamsul Arifin, Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Ibrahim Sinik
Release Date: 2013-06-28
Production Country: Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom
Directed By: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn
Film Duration: 115
Production Year: 2012
Distributor: Dogwoof
Official Website: http://theactofkilling.com

Synopsis: In this chilling and inventive documentary, produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, 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 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.

The Act of Killing

Title: The Act of Killing
Genre: Documentary, History
Cast: Syamsul Arifin, Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Ibrahim Sinik
Release Date: 2013-06-28
Production Country: Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom
Directed By: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn
Film Duration: 115
Production Year: 2012
Distributor: Dogwoof
Age Limit: 0+
Official Website: http://theactofkilling.com

Synopsis: In this chilling and inventive documentary, produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, 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 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.

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