Screening of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary, followed by a Q+A with the director!
Director Screening: The Act of KillingThe JCC In Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY) Map it $11
Director Joshua Oppenheimer and executive producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes and challenge them to reenact their real-life mass-killings via musical numbers, action, and comedy scenes, and other genres of the American movies they love.
When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends went from selling movie tickets on the black market to leading anti-communist death squads in the mass murder of over a million people. Anwar boasts of killing hundreds with his own hands, but he's lived in his country with impunity ever since. When approached to make a film about their role in the genocide, Anwar and his friends eagerly comply—but their idea of being in a movie is not to provide reflective testimony, but to dance their way through musical sequences, twist arms in film noir gangster scenes, and gallop across the prairies as Western cowboys.
Director Joshua Oppenheimer will be present for a post-screening conversation!