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The Act of Killing

  • Director: Anonymous
  • Genre(s): History, Crime, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 115 min.

A documentary in which former Indonesian death squad leaders reenact their real-life mass-killings in various cinematic genres.

"The Act of Killing is a must-see."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"The Act of Killing is one of the most extraordinary films you’ll ever encounter, not to mention one of the craziest filmmaking concepts anywhere."
- Janice Page, Boston Globe
"The cumulative impact is devastating, and very far from a simple Western condemnation of another country’s brutality. In forcing viewers to hear the boasts of genocide’s perpetrators, The Act of Killing puts a harsh spotlight on all celebrations of bloodshed, from Hollywood to the op-ed pages."
- Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"In The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer pulls off the impossible: He confronts great, incomprehensible evil and puts a human face on it."
- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The Act Of Killing raises all kinds of provocative questions about the sins of nations in transition, and about how important it is for those in power to control the narrative."
- Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"[A] stunning “documentary of the imagination.""
- Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a mind-bending film, devastating and disorienting, that disturbs us in ways we're not used to being disturbed, raising questions about the nature of documentary, the persistence of evil, and the intertwined ways movies function in our culture and in our minds."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Presenting a terrifying view of a hidden holocaust and a moral apocalypse in which the most basic humanities have become twisted beyond recognition, The Act of Killing is a towering achievement in filmmaking, documentary or otherwise."
- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist