THE ACT OF KILLING (2013)

Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary is the the most surreal and bizarre film experiences  I have ever witnessed. One of the most audacious documentaries ever made , the best documentary ever made.
A documentary about the aftermath of the 1960s mass killings in Indonesia by Suharto's coup-installed military regime and death squads, The Act of Killing spirals into horrifying surrealism from a seemingly simple starting point: in this case, interviewing some of the paramilitary leaders and self-described "gangsters" employed to eradicate anyone deemed a "communist"-- in practice almost anyone not loyal to the new regime. 
The surprise is that these men are eager to tell their tales, often indulging in graphic detail to describe, for example, the best means of murdering captives without spilling much blood (with a wire around the neck). 

They even enjoy reenacting their state-sanctioned murders on camera, at director Joshua Oppenheimer's invitation, adopting the lurid styles of the Hollywood crime films that influenced them back in the day. We see the rotund, disheveled Herman Koto and the slender, debonair Anwar Congo-- the latter responsible for more than 1,000 murders, many carried out with that wire-strangling technique-- searching neighborhoods they once attacked for locals to play parts in a reenactment.


"A good family movie , plenty of humor" says Anwar Congo after watching some previously made scenes.

One of the leaders of paramilitary movement and minister in Indonesian government after himself participating in one of the scenes  trying to explain to Joshua that movement is not actually that brutal as in previous scene continues saying :
"But we must exterminates Communists.We must totally wipe them out. But in more human way"

"It's powerful, surreal, frightening," says Herzog, an executive producer of the film along with Morris. The most surreal moments you've ever seen in your life. It's something completely and utterly unprecedented. It's not gonna leave you until the end of your days."


THE ACT OF KILLING (2013)

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Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence is a stunning companion piece, or possibly narrative development, to  The Act Of Killing.