Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer, Indonesia/Denmark, 2013, 115 min., NR, DCP Official Website
After the military overthrow of the Sukarno government in 1965, Indonesia was overrun by marauding bands of paramilitaries who indulged in the mass murder of more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals — a horrifying record of atrocities that, ironically, has enshrined them in their nation's history as patriotic heroes. Director Joshua Oppenheimer and his collaborators explore this dark chapter of Indonesia's history by enlisting a group of former paramilitaries to re-enact their crimes in the style of the Hollywood films that they love. Led by notorious former paramilitary chief Anwar Congo, this proud band of killers hold numerous discussions about sets, costumes, and pyrotechnics as they gleefully recreate some of the many murders they have committed. Co-produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog.
"I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade...it is unprecedented in the history of cinema." —Werner Herzog
Essay by Errol Morris
Video: Werner Herzog and Errol Morris Talk about THE ACT OF KILLING. Watch here.