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DP/30: Joshua Oppenheimer On ‘The Act of Killing’

Joshua Oppenheimer spent several years shooting footage for what became his latest documentary The Act of Killing, which focuses on Indonesian death squad leaders (including Anwar Congo) who reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of their favorite American movies (a film so powerful that Werner Herzog and Errol Morris themselves agreed to be executive producers for the film).  I’ve already picked up the film on Blu-ray, and am hoping to soon screen the 160-minute director’s cut of the film (its regular U.S. release was cut down to two hours).  When the Academy Award nominations were announced, this was one of the five films to receive a deserved nod for Best Documentary Feature.  David Poland sat down with Oppenheimer last summer to discuss the film.  It’s a fascinating listen, and I hope you enjoy this video:

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One response to “DP/30: Joshua Oppenheimer On ‘The Act of Killing’

  1. Excellent stuff. I can’t believe I still haven’t seen the film yet. The shame.

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