The Act of Killing

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The Act of Killing, eine der beeindruckensten Dokumentationen der letzten Jahre ist jetzt für 7 Tage bei Arte +7 online.

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When Sukarno was overthrown by Suharto following the failed coup of the 30 September Movement in 1965, the gangsters Anwar Congo and Adi Zulkadry in Medan (North Sumatra) were promoted from selling black market movie theatre tickets to leaders of the most notorious death squad in North Sumatra, as part of the Indonesian killings of 1965–1966. They also extorted ethnic Chinese, killing those who refused to pay. Anwar personally killed approximately 1000 people, usually by strangling with wire.

Today, Anwar is revered as a founding father of the right-wing paramilitary organization Pemuda Pancasila that grew out of the death squads. The organization is so powerful that its leaders include government ministers, and they are happy to boast about everything from corruption and election rigging to genocide. A regime was founded on crimes against humanity, yet has never been held accountable.

Anwar and his friends are eager to re-enact the killings for the cameras, and are invited to make dramatic scenes depicting their memories of murder, as well as their feelings about the killings. These become more and more elaborate, and are produced in the style of their favorite film genres: gangster, western, and musical. Various aspects of that filmmaking process are shown, but gradually, beginning with the dramatization of Anwar’s own nightmares, the fiction scenes begin to take over the film: what began as a documentary gradually transforms into a fever dream — what Oppenheimer has called “a documentary of the imagination.”