The Act of Killing

Denmark, Norway (2012), 🕒 117 min

Brutal, disgusting truth revealed by the lie of a surreal meta-fiction. One of the most important documentaries ever made, utilizing layers of filmmaking to peel back layers of psyche — particularly that of Anwar Congo, who reveals himself more and more with every scene and every unstaged bit of banter.

  • Koalometer 95% 95%
  • Easy to watch 38% 38%

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The co-director, as well as 48 other members of the film crew in 27 different positions, are credited as ‘Anonymous’ because they still fear revenge from the death-squad killers.

Did you know

The project started with a focus on the family of the victims, but many were arrested as Joshua Oppenheimer was doing the interviews with them. In that process he started meeting torturers, so he decided to refocus the story on them.

Did you know

Some of the killers featured here are so-called ‘movie gangsters’ who said their murders had been inspired by their love of John Wayne, Marlon Brando, or Mafia and American B-movies.
A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Joshua Oppenheimer


Anwar Congo


Syamsul Arifin


Herman Koto



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It’s a good family movie; plenty of humor; a great story; Wonderful scenery. It really show what’s special about our country even though it’s a film about death.”

Anwar Cong


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