Two Powerful Films on Indonesian Mass Terror
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/11/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23454
Short review of two films about Indonesian genocide.
American documentarian, filmmaker and director Joshua Oppenheimer produced the two award-winning films. The Act of Killing (2012) tells the story through the killers eyes. Two murderers, Anwar and Adi, as killers, had been street hustlers who were recruited by the military to death squads. Anwar is said to have personally killed 1,000 people....
The Look of Silence (2014) centers on the story of Adi Rukun (not his real name) whose brother was killed in the massacres. "The victims' families, our families, were regularly taunted by the perpetrators and their families," he said. "So, they would talk openly about the killings in front of us and even though we were the relatives of their own victims, they werent reluctant to speak about it. And they and their relatives would taunt us for being their victims."