Disturbing, surreal and entirely engrossing, The Act of Killing has been making waves as much for its daring originality as for its chilling content. Joshua Oppenheimer dedicated a decade of his life to creating this beautiful, terrible vision, finding that in a society where glorified mass-murderers live amongst the families of their victims, he had to find a new kind of filmmaking to get to the heart of his subject matter.
By working with the perpetrators of the 1960s Indonesian genocide to re-enact their crimes in the glamorous, hyper-real style of Hollywood movies, Oppenheimer broke all the rules of documentary filmmaking, creating a genre-bending hybrid that is piercing on both a factual and emotional level.
What the audience said
'The film is like nothing I've ever seen before. It's difficult to watch, funny at times, we go on a journey with all these characters that have committed horrific atrocities, and somehow find a way into their lives.'
'Very powerful film - speechless'
'Eye opening and very important'
'Absolutely amazing, mind-blowing film!'
'Great to see full director's cut, a really incredible film'
'I thought the film was incredible and really brave. Enlightening people about this genocide is really crucial.'
WHERE CAN I SEE IT AGAIN?
For a full list of upcoming screenings, visit Dogwoof HERE.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
For fifty years the victims have been asking the government to Say Sorry for '65, but Indonesia denies these crimes even happened. The Act of Killing has finally exposed the staggering reality of Indonesia's holocaust, and given the victims the chance they dream of – find out what you can do to get involved:
TAPOL campaigns for human rights, peace and democracy in Indonesia. They want you to take action now!
1. Sign a petition and join the call for President SBY to Say Sorry for 65 HERE.
2. Donate to Tapol and support their campaign for justice HERE.
3. Visit Tapol's website to find out more HERE.