• The Act of Killing (2013)

The Act of Killing

Release Date: July 19th, 2013

DVD Release Date: November 19th, 2013

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary

Filmmakers expose the horrifying mass executions of accused communists in Indonesia and those who are celebrated in their country for perpetrating the crime.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer , Christine Cynn , Anonymous

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Novaya Zemlya, Spring Films, Piraya Film A/S, Final Cut for Real

Ratings & Reviews

  • 79

    The most gut-wrenching 'making of' documentary ever made. show more

  • 80
    Dana StevensSlate

    Among the most profound, formally complex, and emotionally overpowering documentaries I’ve ever seen. It’s also, by turns and sometimes at once, luridly seductive and darkly comic and physically revolting — a movie that makes you want to laugh and cry and retch and run out of the theater, both to escape the awful things the film is showing you and to tell everyone you know that they need to see it, too. show more

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    This feature-length documentary, currently entering national release, may be one of the most horrifying films you'll ever see, and one of the most edifying. show more

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Nominated Documentary (Feature)
Winner Documentary
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)