Keswick Film Club - The Act of Killing

Friday 28th February 3:30 PM

The Act of Killing 

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer Country: Denmark
Cert: 15 Year: 2012 Length: 115 mins Language: Indonesian/English
The Act of Killing

Audience Reaction

Score: 66.07% Attendance: 83

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Synopsis

The Act of Killing boasts Werner Herzog as an Executive Producer and reflects on Indonesia's troubled past, when death squads took part in an anti-communist purge. The film brings together some of the leaders of those death squads to speak about their actions and recreate events in the style of Hollywood movies.

A bizarre concept? Maybe, but "the scenes of casual reminiscing by these men, are quite emotionally draining to watch and hear play out." (Markus Robinson IMDB) He goes on to say

"We (as audience members) maintain hope that the subjects (the former death squad leaders) will undergo a change of heart and see the errors in their ways; even though this 'hope' is a candle which becomes dimmer as the documentary nears its finale."

Thanks to Dogwoof

Critics

open_quote Whatever you call it, The Act of Killing is a must-see. close_quote Ann Hornaday, Washington Post


open_quote It is a gut-churning film: and a radical dive into history, grabbing the past in a way a conventional documentary would not. close_quote Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


open_quote This movie is essential. close_quote Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph


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