The Act of Killing

Inside Indonesia’s Killing Fields

‘The Act of Killing’ filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer on the persistence of genocide: ‘This is family history for me.’

Special To The Jewish Week
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“The Act of Killing,” currently playing here, is a mysterious film, a documentary that appears to be equal parts South Asian musical epic, gangster noir and political/historical essay. The movie’s oddly hybrid nature is largely the result of the strange and sinister reality that Joshua Oppenheimer, the director, found when he first went to Indonesia, the film’s location and subject.

A scene from the documentary “The Act of Killing.” Photo courtesy Drafthouse Films
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