Dogwoof Films


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.


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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Upcoming Screenings

Sunday 20 April

London – ICA – Director's Cut - Recommend purchasing tickets in advance

Sunday 27 April

Belfast – The Warzone Centre – Popup Cinema Screening

Tuesday 06 May

Oxford – Wolfson College – Popup Cinema Screening

Monday 12 May

Bracknell – South Hill Park

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The Act of Killing wins Best Film at the Guardian Film Awards

March 7th, 2014

More accolades for our BAFTA winning documentary as it scoops the inaugural Guardian Film Award for BEST FILM!

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Highlights from the Herzog, Morris and Oppenheimer Reddit AMA

February 24th, 2014

Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing, was joined by documentary ledgends Werner Herzog and Errol Morris for a Reddit AMA.

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Watch all the Oscar nominated documentaries

February 21st, 2014

Find out where you can see the Oscar nominated docs ahead of the ceremony.

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The Act of Killing - extra screenings and more awards..

February 19th, 2014

Following the BAFTA documentary win, cinemas book more showings and the film is up for Guardian Awards

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The Act of Killing wins 2014 Best Documentary BAFTA

February 16th, 2014

Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary wins the 2014 award

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Watch all the BAFTA nominated documentaries

February 12th, 2014

Find out how you can watch each of the nominees here

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The Act of Killing wins Best Documentary at Critics’ Circle Awards

February 3rd, 2014

Joshua Oppenheimer's film is voted 2013's top documentary by London Critics

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2014 Oscar Nominations for Best Documentary Film revealed

January 16th, 2014

The Act of Killing and Cutie and the Boxer are nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars

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Who is your documentarian of 2013?

January 14th, 2014

Has one documentary filmmaker stood out for you over the last year?

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Dogwoof films win at Cinema Eye Awards

January 9th, 2014

The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer and Leviathan all pick up awards

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The Act of Killing and Blackfish are BAFTA nominated!

January 8th, 2014

The 2014 BAFTA nominations have been revealed!

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The Act of Killing is Guardian’s top film of 2013

December 20th, 2013

The Guardian put the film in their no 1 spot of the year

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The Act of Killing screens for half the year at the ICA

December 16th, 2013

Our doc has held over every week since release, now at 26 weeks!

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The Oscar documentary shortlist is published

December 4th, 2013

3 Dogwoof documentaries make the shortlist of 15 films

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The Act of Killing named Sight and Sounds top film of 2013

November 29th, 2013

The critics polls are in and a Dogwoof doc wins out!

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Blackfish Friday sale

November 29th, 2013

Special offers in the Dogwoof shop this weekend...

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The Act of Killing out now on DVD, Blu-ray and iTunes

November 25th, 2013

2013's must-see doc is now out to own.

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The Act of Killing wins Puma Impact Award

November 14th, 2013

Our documentary picks up an award for its impact on society in NYC

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Cinema Eye award nominations announced

November 7th, 2013

6 films and 19 nominations in 10 categories for Dogwoof films!

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Dogwoof’s documentary ‘Unforgettables’

October 24th, 2013

We take inspiration from Cinema Eye with a look at our own films unforgettable characters

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Awards season hots up - Oscar predictions

September 16th, 2013

Which documentaries will make the Oscar shortlist? We take a guess

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The Act of Killing and The Interrupters nominated for Impact Award

September 10th, 2013

2 Dogwoof films are up for the PUMA Impact Award

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Dogwoof nominated for 5 Screen Awards

August 21st, 2013

We're up for distributor of the year!

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Joshua Oppenheimer on The Daily Show

August 14th, 2013

The Act of Killing director makes a TV appearance

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The Act of Killing - nationwide screenings 6th August

July 24th, 2013

Head to your local picturehouse for one-off screenings of The Act of Killing

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The Act of Killing Blu-ray release announcement

July 19th, 2013

Get your pre-orders in today!

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Win The Act of Killing poster signed by director Joshua Oppenheimer

July 11th, 2013

The films iconic poster could be yours...

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The Act of Killing - new clip

July 9th, 2013

Glimpse a snippet of 2013's most talked about documentary...

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July 1st, 2013

This weekend, The Act of Killing hit UK cinemas to universal critical and audience acclaim.

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The Act of Killing arrives in cinemas

June 28th, 2013

The most talked about documentary of the year is out now....

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The Act of Killing at Open City Docs

June 25th, 2013

Joshua Oppenheimer gave a Q&A and masterclass at the festival

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Watch a new clip from The Act of Killing

June 21st, 2013

Just one week to go until you can see this years most talked about doc on the big screen!

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The Act of Killing DocHouse screening & masterclass

June 19th, 2013

Joshua Oppenheimer will join Penny Woolcock for a special event

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 report and photos!

June 17th, 2013

Find out our highlights of this years festival..

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The Act of Killing wins Special Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest

June 17th, 2013

A Dogwoof film picks up the award for the 3rd year in a row!

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Countdown to Sheffield Doc/Fest

June 5th, 2013

One week to go!

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The Act of Killing Directors Tour

May 28th, 2013

Ask director Joshua Oppenheimer your questions at a Q&A screening

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The Act of Killing Open City Docs screening & masterclass

May 16th, 2013

Catch the film's director Joshua Oppenheimer in London

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Dogwoof films announced for Sheffield Doc/Fest

May 9th, 2013

Come and see one of our docs or pop along to Spirit of '45 Day

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The Act of Killing Trailer

April 19th, 2013

We confirm a release date for the film, and you can watch the trailer now

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New acquisition - The Act of Killing

March 26th, 2013

We will be bringing Joshua Oppenheimer’s award-winning documentary to UK screens

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