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The Act of Killing

Produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, Joshua Oppenheimer's chilling documentary meets Anwar Congo, leader of the Indonesian death squads, which participated in the murder and torture of more than a million suspected Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals during the 1960s. Anwar and his colleagues are unrepentant and proud of their deeds, and have never been punished. The film invites Anwar to re-enact the murders in the style of the American movies they love. At first, the paramilitaries excitedly hire actors, make sets and costumes to reconstruct this gruesome moment in 20th century history. As the cameras roll and Anwar comes face to face with his part in the slaughter, he is compelled to accept responsibility for his actions and bear the weight of responsibility for the countless lives he took.