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The Act of Killing 18

Part of Members' Events
Joshua Oppenheimer , Denmark, Norway, UK, 2012, 122m.

This film was proposed by our member Halina Sillence who writes: 'The Act of Killing is a profound piece of work (which I also never got to see in the cinema). Wouldn’t complain about a follow up with The Look of Silence either!'

In the 1960’s Anwar Congo was a leader in Indonesia’s pro-regime paramilitary the Pancasila Youth who, along with his band of dedicated followers, was amongst those who participated in the murder and torture more than a million alleged Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals. Proud of their deeds and completely unpunished, Anwar and his pals are delighted when the film’s director ask them to re-enact these murders for their documentary – in any genre they desire. Initially Anwar and his friends enthusiastically take up the challenge using hired actors, making elaborate sets and costumes and even using pyrotechnic, but eventually as the movie violence is played out and reconstructed, Anwar finally begins to feel unease and remorse.

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