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The Act of Killing (2012) — IndonesiaThe Act of Killing (2012) — Indonesia

           In 1965, a military coup overthrew the Indonesian government, after which killing squads slaughtered as many as 2.5 million suspected communists in less than a year — union members, landless farmers, intellectuals, and all ethnic Chinese. This mass murder was carried out with the direct aid of western governments. The perpetrators are still in power today. In this surreal film, which was nominated for Best Documentary for the 2014 Oscars, two members of the death squads proudly explain what they did and how they did it by re-enacting the mass murders. "We have too much democracy," says one of the murderers, "it's chaos." The film includes other participants, including a newspaper journalist, the leader of the notorious Pancasila Youth, and even the vice-president of Indonesia. In Indonesian with English subtitles. I watched this film on Netflix Streaming.

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