The-Act-of-Killing-KA Rating 4 out of 5


  • Joshua Oppenheimer


  • Anwar Congo
  • Herman Koto
  • Syamsul Arifin
  • Ibrahim Sinik
  • Yapto Soerjosoemarno


The vile enormity of the murderous crimes carried out by right-wing Indonesian death squads in the 1960s is conveyed by their acting out the atrocities in the style of a Hollywood film or lavish musical. What initially appears a flippant device by director Joshua Oppenheimer and his anonymous colleagues proves surprisingly effective in grimly detailing the venality, narcissism and lack of contrition of these thoroughly obnoxious mass-murderers. Essential if difficult viewing.

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