Our BAFTA winning documentary The Act of Killing has now been screening every consecutive week at the ICA cinema in London since it's release on 28th June last year. To mark this year long run of screenings, we have organised a special celebratory screening of the film on Saturday 28th June. Director Joshua Oppenheimer will be in London, and will host a special filmmaking masterclass and Q&A after a screening of the directors cut of the film. Find out more about the film, what the reaction has been in Indonesia since the films release, and more about Joshua's plans for a follow up film, The Look of Silence. After the screening you will also be able to purchase copies of the film on DVD and Blu-ray and have them signed by Joshua.
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.
Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing is now out on both DVD and Blu-ray. Both the DVD and Blu-ray come packed full of extras - including content from producers Errol Morris and Werner Herzog! The film is also available to watch on iTunes and on Dogwoof.TV.