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Genre Documentary
Running Time 115 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Feb 7, 2014
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The Act of Killing

The filmmakers examine a country where 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.

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August 1, 2013 - Boston.com - Janice Page, Globe Staff

One of the most extraordinary films you’ll ever encounter, not to mention one of the craziest filmmaking concepts. It’s the brainchild of director Joshua Oppenheimer, who spent eight years in Indonesia recording the stories of death-squad leaders. Instead of just interviewing them, Oppenheimer has them dramatize their thoughts and actions as cinema, employing whatever moviemaking techniques and genre tropes inspire. The result compelled Errol Morris and Werner Herzog to lend their names as executive producers. In Indonesian and English, with subtitles.

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