The Act of Killing


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Film Info
Release Year:2012
Runtime:115 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Production Country:Denmark
Original Language:Indonesian
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Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Haji Anif
Syamsul Arifin
Sakhyan Asmara
Anwar Congo
Jusuf Kalla
Herman Koto
Haji Marzuki
Safit Pardede
Ibrahim Sinik
Soaduon Siregar
Yapto Soerjosoemarno
Adi Zulkadry
Director:Joshua Oppenheimer
Christine Cynn
Produced by:Signe Byrge Sørensen
Screenwriter:Joshua Oppenheimer
Cinematography:Carlos Arango De Montis
Lars Skree
Editing By:Nils Pagh Andersen
Erik Andersson
Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Ariadna Fatjó-Vilas
Mariko Montpetit
Music By:Elin Oyen Vister


Following the Indonesian military coup in the 1960s, leaders of paramilitary death squads were responsible for killing more than a million alleged Communists and others who threatened those in power. Nearly 50 years later, these crimes have gone unpunished, and the perpetrators maintain a heroic view of the atrocities they committed. This groundbreaking doc puts the cameras in the hands of some of the most notorious of these gangsters, who delight in the opportunity to glorify their past deeds by staging dramatic reenactments of their crimes on film in surreal, B-movie fashion. The result is an astonishing history lesson and a chilling view into the minds of mass murderers who only begin to feel repentant after being confronted with the filmed record of their crimes. The Audience Award winner at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, “The Act of Killing” is a testament to the power of filmmaking.