Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing

Cinema Royale talks to Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing. The documentary follows Oppenheimer as he talks to members of Indonesian death squads, asking them to reenact their crimes as though they were in a Hollywood film. The film has garnered critical claim and attention from such famous filmmakers as Werner Herzog, who executive produced it.

Oppenheimer “began making the film in collaboration with a community of survivors,” who, rather than be interviewed themselves, advised him to approach the death squad leaders. He found that “every single one of them was boastful, every single one of them would recount the killing often with smiles on their faces… I had this awful feeling that I had walked into Germany forty years after the Holocaust only to find the Nazis still in power.”

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