Why does extreme unimaginable violence happen and what do the perpetrators really think of themselves? Josh Oppenheimer asks just that in his new documentary film The Act of Killing.
The movie follows Anwar Congo and other former right-wing Indonesian para-militants as they recreate their country’s 1965-1966 mass murders.
As Oppenheimer’s film goes behind the silence and explores Indonesia’s 1960s genocide we in the West should remember that our own society is not so different from Anwar’s. What is that difference? We call them heroes.
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