Anwar Congo is a former gang member who executed around 1000 alleged communists after becoming a leader of a death squad during the 1965-1966 Indonesian massacres. The killings took place after a rebellious organisation called the 30 September Movement murdered six army generals - an event that was blamed solely on the Indonesian Communist Party. He is now labelled by many as a war hero, but when he is asked to take part in a dramatization of his memories of what happened, it turns into a strange and surreal, almost hallucinogenic, recollection. When asked to portray a victim himself, he struggles to carry on and admits his empathy for some of the victims of the genocide. The question is, is there any remorse there for Anwar's actions? Or will he and his fellow killers continue to convince themselves of their heroism?
'The Act Of Killing' is a chilling documentary directed by Joshua Oppenheimer ('The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase') alongside Christine Cynn ('The Globalisation Tapes') and an anonymous co-director. It is a rare insight into the thoughts and feelings of a mass executioner that has earned nods from the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and an award from the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. It is scheduled for a UK release on June 28th 2013.
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