Into a Glittering Sea of Darkness: Feature on the documentary The Act of Killing

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In The Act of Killing American documentarist Joshua Oppenheimer lets former Indonesian death squad members reenact their mass killings of communists in the mid-60s. By coincidence, the director became aware of the murderer’s boastful attitudes towards their own misdeeds, and decided to make this the focal point in his investigation of genocide. The film plays like a surreal behind-the-scenes-story, which gradually leads to a deeper insight into the mentality of these murderers. The review focuses on Oppenheimer’s documentary strategy of the reenactment and discusses the filmic portrayal of genocide.
Vol/bindWinter 2012
Antal sider3
StatusUdgivet - 2012


  • Documentary and fiction, documentary genre, Indonesian History

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