The Act of Killing | 2013

Foreign, Documentary
Unrepentant former Indonesian death squad leaders are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders.
Awards: 1 Oscar nomination. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations | full awards »

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AHRC

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Danida

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Synopsis

The filmmakers explore of a chilling aspect of Indonesian society, where death squad leaders from the military coup that overthrew the government in 1965 have become heroes. These killers of millions are challenged to reenact their crimes against humanity in the style of the American movies that they grew up loving and patterned their murders on. They play the killers and the victims, and what results is a look into the minds of these mass-murderers. As they confront what they did, the edifice of genocide as a "patriotic struggle" fades and they face a conflict between moral imagination and moral catastrophe.

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