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Aro Recommended Act of Killing, The

 

Indonesia / Denmark 2012, 159 minutes
Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer
In Indonesian with English subtitles
Rating: [R13] Violence and content that may disturb.
Genres: Documentary

Topics: Politics.

 

“Among the most profound, formally complex, and emotionally overpowering documentaries I've ever seen.”~Slate

Aroview: A staggering human rights documentary that elicits (and re-stages) boastful confessions of Indonesia's surviving death squad members, whose slaughter of hundreds of thousands of 'communists' during the 1960s remains to this day unpunished.

While it is at times extremely uncomfortable viewing, it redeems its arguable exploitation of its subjects by boldly exposing the rivers of blood on which Indonesia's political regime is shamefully founded, and offering profound insight into man's 'heart of darkness' and his capacity to be in the service of institutionalised evil.

NZ International Film Festival 2013

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