The Act of Killing due for UK summer release

12 Apr 2013
The Act of Killing due for UK summer release

One of the most powerful and provocative films of this year and recent times will go on general release in UK cinemas this summer. The disturbing documentary-drama, The Act of Killing, shows local gangsters in Medan, Sumatra re-enacting in vivid and sometimes surreal and sickening detail the killing of alleged communists during the horrific events that followed former President Suharto’s rise to power in Indonesia in 1965.

The Act of Killing, made by Joshua Oppenheimer with Werner Herzog as one of its executive producers, won two prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013. It was first shown in London as part of the Human Rights Watch film festival in March 2013. The film demands attention as a unique form of documentary, but also serves as a shocking reminder of the impunity that continues to exist in Indonesia for one of the greatest crimes against humanity of the twentieth century.  

Indonesian civil society continue to struggle against the collective process of forgetting, and organisations such as The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), IKOHI, AJAR and Elsam are running a campaign called ‘Against Forgetting' (Melawan Lupa). 

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