There are only a handful of documentaries that are powerful enough to stick with a person for the rest of his or her life, and The Act Of Killing documentary is undoubtedly one of them. It is one of the most disturbing looks into the human psyche ever captured on film and it features some of the most ruthless and unapologetic murderers. The subjects of this film were complicit in the Indonesian massacres of 1965 - a genocide of epic proportions.
The Act Of Killing contains some of the worst moments of any documentary. And it goes way beyond interviews, as filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer offers the killers an opportunity to make a movie of their very own. Complete with costumes, makeup, and dance routines, the killers relive the massacre in true Hollywood fashion. From their perspective, they were heroes doing their duty, but this tale of Indonesia's death squads shows true darkness. The Act of Killing is a must watch for anyone who wants a glimpse of unadulterated evil.
Real Life Murderers Are Asked To Reenact Their Crimes On Film
Anwar Congo, The Film's Main Subject, Seems To Be A Monster
The Film's Director Can Never Go Back To IndonesiaPhoto: Mogens Engelund / Wikimedia Commons
Thousands Of People Died In The Communist Purge That The Documentary Focuses OnPhoto: Maksim / Wikimedia Commons
The Entire Ordeal Was Almost Erased From History
Many Of The Killers Are Quite Proud Of Their Actions