Documentary, Like — December 29, 2015 at 2:26 pm

The Act of Killing (2012)


The Act of Killing is a documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn. Filmed over 7 years from 2005 to 2011, the film is about the individuals who participated in the communist purge of 1965–66 in Indonesia.

What amazes me about this documentary film is the level of access the filmmakers had obtained and also how open the subjects were in sharing their pasts. The name “Anonymous” appears 49 times under 27 different crew positions in the credits. Apparently, these crew members still fear revenge for taking part in the filming.

The film received global critical acclaim and also multiple awards including the BAFTA award for best documentary.

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