The Act of Killing (8/2)

“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade — it is unprecedented in the history of cinema.” – Werner Herzog

In this chilling, inventive documentary (executive-produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog), we travel to the formerly war-ravaged Indonesia: a nation blanketed across the board with post-traumatic stress disorder, and where death squad leaders are bizarrely celebrated as heroes. As the filmmakers challenge survivors of the war — both the killers and the victims — to reenact their real-life horrors in the style of the American movies they love, the hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream: an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers, and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals, and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is a must-see film that, as the Los Angeles Times says, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”
Dirs. Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn & Anonymous, 2012, DCP, 115 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Act of Killing”!