The Act of Killing
The Act of Killing is about killers who have won, and the sort of society they have built. It's a journey into their memories and imaginations, offering insight into the minds of mass killers, a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly banal culture of impunity in which killers can joke about crimes against humanity on television chat shows.
When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar Congo and his friends helped the kill more than one million in less than a year. Unlike ageing Nazis or Rwandan génocidaires, they have not been forced by history to admit they participated in crimes against humanity. Instead, they have written their own triumphant history, becoming role models for millions of young paramilitaries.
In The Act of Killing, Anwar and his friends agree to tell the story of the killings. They write the scripts. They play themselves. And they play their victims. The filmmaking process becomes a safe space to challenge them about what they did. Some of Anwar’s friends realize that the killings were wrong. The edifice of genocide as a “patriotic struggle” begins to sway and crack. And Anwar confronts, for the first time in his life, the full implications of what he’s done.
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