Dogwoof Films

Overview

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and André Singer, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.

Synopsis

In the 1960’s Anwar Congo was a leader in Indonesia’s pro-regime paramilitary the Pancasila Youth who, along with his band of dedicated followers, was amongst those who participated in the murder and torture more than a million alleged Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals. Proud of their deeds and completely unpunished, Anwar and his pals are delighted when the film’s director ask them to re-enact these murders for their documentary – in any genre they desire. Initially Anwar and his friends enthusiastically take up the challenge using hired actors, making elaborate sets and costumes and even using pyrotechnic, but eventually as the movie violence is played out and reconstructed, Anwar finally begins to feel unease and remorse.

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Joshua Oppenheimer masterclass

June 24th, 2015

Joshua Oppenheimer held a insightful masterclass during Sheffield Doc/fest, if you couldn't make it the lovely people at Conversations about Cinema have made it available online.

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Louis Theroux hosts The Look of Silence Q&A with Joshua Oppenheimer

June 15th, 2015

Last night was a big night, Louis Theroux hosted a Q&A event of The Look of Silence in over 90 cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

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The Look of Silence in cinemas from today!

June 12th, 2015

The Look of Silence opens in cinemas today after a hugely successful launch as last week's Opening Night Film at Sheffield Doc/Fest. The film is the companion piece to BAFTA-winning The Act of Killing and is already being talked about as the must-see film of 2015.

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