Reckoning with horror in ‘The Act of Killing’

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THE ACT OF KILLING

See this movie.

I can’t be more direct. “The Act of Killing” is one of the most extraordinary films you’ll ever encounter, not to mention one of the craziest filmmaking concepts anywhere, and that includes the whole Bollywood thing.

To begin with, “The Act of Killing” is real – or as real as things can be when you ask the men who perpetrated mass killings in Indonesia to tell and show (and film) their own version of events. It’s the brainchild of director Joshua Oppenheimer, who spent eight years in the country recording the stories of dozens of death-squad leaders and sifting through mountains of interviews and footage before arriving at his two-hour final cut. Errol Morris and Werner Herzog lend their names as executive producers.

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