We all should watch The Act of Killing online nominated for an Academy Award, this
movie is a dreamlike and terrifying as anything that Werner Herzog ( one of the executive producers) could imagine.
Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodeling Cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, even thought Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan, Indonesia when the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangster who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city, Anwar himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands.
This film explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns. Not only is the 1965 murder of an estimated one million people honored as a patriotic act, but the killers remain In power. In a mind-bending twist, death-squad leaders dramatize their brutal deeds in the style of the American westerns, musicals and gangster movies they love, and play both themselves and their victims. As their heroic facade crumbles, they come to question what they’ve done.