The Act of Killing
While it may be true that history is written by the victors, one of this year's Oscar® nominees for Best Documentary Feature is able to reveal the truth behind the massacre of anti-government rebels in Indonesia by co-opting some of its most brutal and still-powerful architects. Claiming to want to make a movie about the failed 1965 uprising, director Joshua Oppenheimer asks Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, and other death squad leaders to help him re-enact scenes of the killings that took the lives of over a million people. Not since Shoah has a film exposed perpetrators speaking so freely - and without remorse - about genocide. 115 min.
"Among the most profound, formally complex, and emotionally overpowering documentaries I've ever seen." - Dana Stevens, Slate.