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Act of Killing, The

Synopsis
THE ACT OF KILLING is a documentary about Anwar Congo, a gangster who, as leader of a death squad, committed mass murder during the killings of 1965 - 1966, which took place following the failed coup of the 30 September Movement in 1965. Congo and his gang helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city, Congo himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands.

Oppenheimer’s film depicts Congo and his friends re-enacting the killings for the cameras, in the style of their favorite films: gangster, western, and musical. As the film progresses, and becomes increasingly surreal, Congo is forced to begin to acknowledge the enormity of his crimes.

Special features include a Director’s Cut; deleted scenes; director’s commentary featuring Werner Herzog and ‘THE MURDER OF GONZAGO, an essay by Errol Morris.
Language
Indonesian
Country
Finland; Great Britain; Norway; Sweden
Year of release
2013
Notes
Also available on Blu-Ray [Region B; £15.99 inclusive]
Subjects
History; Politics & government
Keywords
documentary films; genocide; Indonesia

Credits

Director
Joshua Oppenheimer
Producer
Errol Morris; Werner Herzog

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
122 minutes
Year
2013

Distributor

Name

Dogwoof Pictures

Email
oli@dogwoofpictures.com
Web
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Phone
020 7395 1217
Fax
020 7900 3270
Address
2nd Floor, 1A Neal’s Yard
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9DP
Notes
Dogwoof is an independent distributor specialising in quality films from around the world that raise awareness, trigger change, and get people involved. The main focus is socially conscious films including THE AGE OF STUPID, THE END OF THE LINE, BURMA VJ and BLACK GOLD. Sale on DVD. In Autumn 2011 Dogwoof launched Popup Cinema (http://popupcinema.net/) to allow non-theatric screenings of their just-released and classic titles.
 

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