In this chilling and inventive documentary, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer examines Indonesia's communist purge of 1965, in which more than one million leftists, intellectuals, and ethnic Chinese were killed. Leaders of the death squads continue to be celebrated as heroes, and the director challenged them to reenact their real-life killings in the style of the American movies that inspired their methods. The result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.
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Mass Murder? Gee, That Was Fun 'Act of Killing' Re-enacts Indonesian Massacres: NY Times Movie Review