The Act of Killing:
Despite the views of one rather repugnant views of one resident and ignorant expatriate blogger, the mass slaughters that took place during rise of the new order and toppling of Sukarno are nothing for Individuals or the nation to celebrate. Despite the revisionist history this period was one marked by blood and government sanctioned, cowardice and cruelty. Many would say the lack of accountability for the atrocities that took place laid the groundwork for the blanket disregard for human rights that continues in many forms to this day.
A very confronting documentary “The Act of Killing,” by Joshua Oppenheimer and released last year recounts the slaughters committed in 1965-66 in primarily through the eyes of perpetrators. It is gut wrenching to watch as people oft regarded as heroes exposed by their own words as vile and evil human beings. One particular piece of human trash and still highly respected in its community details how he raped and killed hundreds of girls particularly relishing the young ones of 14 and 15 as they are still fresh. The girls crimes, maybe they were communists which of course is absolute nonsense.
Do find the time to watch the movie and do recall it when someone next to you proclaims the proud and noble fight for Indonesia’s stained soul.
- Werner Herzog and Errol Morris talk about “The Act of Killing” (doobybrain.com)
- Werner Herzog and Joshua Oppenheimer on The Act of Killing, Genocide & Remorse (esquire.com)
- Watch A Chilling Clip From THE ACT OF KILLING (badassdigest.com)
- Acts of Killing: How Asia Still Struggles with Histories of Genocide (world.time.com)
- Movie review: The Act of Killing (o.canada.com)