POV Explores Horrifying Era in Indonesian History
The next POV – “The Act of Killing” – is a dreamlike and terrifying film that explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns. Not only is the 1965 murder of an estimated one million people honored as a patriotic act, but the killers remain in power.
In a mind-bending twist, death-squad leaders dramatize their brutal deeds in the style of the American westerns, musicals and gangster movies they love — and play both themselves and their victims. As their heroic facade crumbles, they come to question what they’ve done. This film was nominated for an Academy Award and won the 2014 BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary among other accolades.
This program airs at 10pm Oct. 6 on CET and at 10pm Oct. 10 on ThinkTV16. Given the subject matter of this film, viewer discretion for the full program and the preview is advised.