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The Act of Killing
Director:Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anˇnimo
Screenplay: Joshua Oppenheimer
Photography: Lars Skree, Carlos Mariano Arango de Montis and Anonymous
Sdition: Niels Pagh Andersen, Janus Billeskov Jansen, Mariko Montpetit, Charlotte Munch Bengtsen, Ariadna Fatjˇ-Vilas Mestre and Erik Andersson
Sound: Gunn Tove Gr°nsberg, Henrik Gugge Garnov
Music: Elin ěysen Vister
Producers: Signe Byrge S°rensen, Joram ten Brink, Anne K÷hncke, Michael Uwemedimo, Joshua Oppenheimer,Christine Cynn, Anonymous
Executive producers: Errol Morris, Werner Herzog,AndrÚ Singer, Joram ten Brink, TorsteinGrude, Bjarte M°rner Tveit
Production: Final Cut for Real, DK Co

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The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anˇnimo
115' / 2012 / Denmark, United Kingdom, Norway
Web: http://theactofkilling.com/
English and spanish subtitled

Audience vote 8.34

When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, more than one million people were killed in less than a year. Anwar and his friends were promoted from ticket scalpers to death squad leaders, and Anwar killed hundreds of people with his own hands.
The Act of Killing, Anwar and his friends agree to tell us the story of the killings. But their idea of being in a movie is not to provide testimony for a documentary: they want to be stars in their favourite film genres - gangster, western, musical. They write the scripts. They play themselves. And they play their victims.
The Act of Killing is a nightmarish vision - a journey into the memories and imaginations of the unrepentant perpetrators and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity theyinhabit.

Main Festivals & Awards

Berlinale 2013: Premio del Público – Mejor Documental Premio Ecuménico / Berlinale 2013: Audience Award - Best Documentary Oecumenical  Prize
One World Human Rights Film Festival 2013: Mejor Película / Best Film

Director's Biography

Joshua Oppenheimer (1974, Texas, USA) has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. Educated at Harvard and Central St Martins, London, his award-winning films include The Globalization Tapes (2003, co-directed with Christine Cynn), The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998, Gold Hugo, Chicago), These Places We’ve Learned to Call Home (1996, Gold Spire, San Francisco) and numerous shorts. Oppenheimer is Senior Researcher on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Genocide and Genre project and has published widely on these themes.

Christine Cynn has been directing documentary and experimental films for the past 14 years. For the last decade, she has been developing new ways to document the human imagination.
Her goal is to illuminate the largely unseen, and often surreal conflicts of desire, fear, and hope that shape our lives and our world. Educated at Harvard, and the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Uganda, she co directed THE GLOBALIZATION TAPES (2003) with Joshua Oppenheimer. She has written screenplays for FilmFour and was a founding member of the Vision Machine Film Project in London. She was a researcher on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Genocide and Genre project. Cynn is currently developing a project, Science Future, combining documentary with fiction, about how scientists imagine the future.

Due to the nature of this film - its subject matter, production methods and the context in which it has been made - it has unfortunately been necessary to credit numerous Indonesian partners and collaborators, working across all aspects of the film (from Co-Direction and Cinematography to Sound Recording, Production Management, Make Up, Music, Choreography and Technical Support) as Anonymous. Behind this honourable and historically resonant naming stand many remarkable people, who have worked tirelessly to bring these profoundly disturbing stories to wider attention. Their courage has made this
film possible. Without them, it could not have been more than an idea, a wish. We sharewith them a deep hope that our collective labour might contribute in some way to a shift inthe forces currently shaping and governing Indonesia, and towards a justice for bothindividuals and communities. We thank them for their trust in us, and the extraordinarycommitment they have brought to this project.


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