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The Act of Killing

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christin Cynn
Cast: Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, Sakhyan Asmara
Language: Indonesian, English
Running Time: 115 Minutes
Rating: NR

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 yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, even though 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 gangsters 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.

Show Times: Playing daily at 5:10, 7:25 and 9:40 with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:50