Act of Killing

Winner
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Berlin International Film Festival
Winner
Panorama Audience Award
Berlin International Film Festival
Among the most profound, formally complex, and emotionally overpowering documentaries I've ever seen.

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The Act of Killing

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by masters of the form Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), 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. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to the Los Angeles Times, "could well change how you view the documentary form."

A Directors Guild of America 2013 nominee for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.

An Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature.

★★★★★ "The most compelling thing you'll ever see." – The Guardian
★★★★★ "An utterly fascinating, chilling, but important film." – Independent on Saturday
Genre
Documentary
Runtime
122
Language
Indonesian, English
Director
Joshua Oppenheimer
Christine Cynn
Anonymous
Awards:
Winner, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner, Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

In 1965, the elected government of Indonesia was overthrown and replaced with a military dictatorship. What ensued was a bloodbath, as paramilitary groups and simple criminals were used by the state to murder anyone seen as an opponent: communists, intellectuals, ethnic Chinese, felled by a genocide ...

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