The Act of Killing ()

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An Academy Award nominated documentary about the genocide committed against nearly a million “communists” in Indonesia in 1965. Still in power, the paramilitary of Indonesia commonly known as the gangsters, call themselves “free men” and glorify their acts of government-sanctioned blatant extortion and heinous cruelty while the film cleverly juxtaposes them against the nation’s scarred history. The corruption, fear and violence that characterizes the figures of authority in the Indonesian military government are revealed in a raw manner in the film.

As its name suggests, the film will take you through the actual act of forcing a human to die. The gangsters that committed all those murders speak about and recreate the gruesome details of the circumstances, methods and experience of taking a life. Even more interestingly, they explore whether they believed it to be the right thing and how their conscience copes with the aftermath.

In its dark and abstract ways, it will have you question what you know not only about war crimes and government corruption, but on a much grander plane, about the treatment of the truth in history.

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sujanthereaper
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This pure emotion….after all those years finally they realized that what they did was utterly stupid and sinful.

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This has to be one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It breaks new ground regarding how a documentary can be made and what you can do with the genre. This movie changed me and I’m sure it will change those who watch it. Not easy to watch, but something everyone should see.

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