The Act of Killing

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(Award given to the director and producers)

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Joshua Oppenheimer
PRODUCERS: Joram Ten Brink / Christine Cynn / Anne KöhnckeSigne Byrge Sørensen / Michael Uwemedimo / Anonymous


This chilling and inventive documentary examines a country where Indonesian death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory 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. The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film and according to the Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”