Noah J Nelson on Wednesday, Aug. 28th
Saying that I had the pleasure of seeing Joshua Oppenhiemer's "The Act of Killing" at a recent Los Angeles screening is an insufficient word choice. The film, which tells the story of the 1965-66 Indonesian genocide though the eyes of the perpetrators is one of the most incredible films I've ever seen.
It is also a political hand-grenade in Indonesia. As The Dissolve points out, screenings of the film have taken place in elaborately secret conditions.
This has a lot to do with the fact that those who did the killing are the one's who are in power in the country.
Now the filmmakers, distributor Drafthouse Films, media company Vice and digital distribution platform VHX are teaming up to make the film viewable by all Indonesians free, in perpetuity.
Details after the jump.
From the press release:
Beginning on September 30th – the anniversary of the start of the 1965-66 genocide in Indonesia – the film will be available as a free digital download geo-blocked exclusively for Indonesians throughout the country via www.actofkilling.com.
In the press release producer Signe Byrge Sørensen said that the most "important audience" of the film are the people of Indonesia:
"Together with our anonymous Indonesian partners, we have already reached many Indonesian viewers, and a vital national debate has begun. Making the film available to all Indonesians with internet access will dramatically broaden this debate, and in this way benefit the ongoing struggle for truth, reconciliation and justice in Indonesia."
Here in the United States the film is still enjoying a repertory house run. Catch it in theaters if you can, if only to experience sitting in a room where you can hear a pin drop.
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