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The Act Of Killing review

A surreal and harrowing documentary

Self-styled "Movie-theatre gangster" Anwar Congo was an active participant in the mid-’60s violence unleashed by the Indonesian military dictatorship towards the country’s suspected communists.

In this striking doc (championed by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris), Congo and fellow death-squad veterans are asked by director Joshua Oppenheimer to re-enact their atrocities in any film genre they choose.

Focusing on perpetrators, the surreal and genuinely haunting result also yields a telling portrait of the strutting Congo: evil has rarely seemed so banal.

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