The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Release Date: 2013-07-19
NYC and/or LA Release

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Film Genre(s): Documentary

United States

SYNOPSIS

In this chilling and provocative documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog (who said he’d “not seen a film as powerful and frightening in at least a decade”), a collection of unrepentant, genocidal thugs are given the chance to re-enact some of their many crimes—in lurid Hollywood style. When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends went from selling movie tickets on the black-market to leading anti-communist death squads in the mass murder of over a million people. Anwar boasts of killing hundreds with his own hands, but he's lived in his country as a hero ever since, never forced by history to accept that he had perpetrated crimes against humanity. When approached to make a film about their role in the genocide, Anwar and his friends eagerly comply—but their idea of being in a movie is not to provide reflective testimony but to dance their way through musical numbers, twist arms in film noir gangster scenes, and gallop across the prairies as yodeling cowboys.