A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

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Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous (co-director) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 53 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Anwar Congo ... Self - Executioner in 1965
Herman Koto ... Self - Gangster and Paramilitary Leader
Syamsul Arifin Syamsul Arifin ... Self - Governor of North Sumatra
Ibrahim Sinik Ibrahim Sinik ... Self - Newspaper Publisher
Yapto Soerjosoemarno ... Self - Leader of Pancasila Youth
Safit Pardede Safit Pardede ... Self - Local Paramilitary Leader
Jusuf Kalla ... Self - Vice President of Indonesia
Adi Zulkadry ... Self - Fellow Executioner in 1965
Soaduon Siregar Soaduon Siregar ... Self - Journalist
Suryono ... Self - Anwar's Neighbor
Haji Marzuki Haji Marzuki ... Self - Member of North Sumatra Parliament (as Marzuki)
Haji Anif ... Self - Paramilitary Leader and Businessman
Rahmat Shah Rahmat Shah ... Self - Member of Parliament
Sakhyan Asmara Sakhyan Asmara ... Self - Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

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When killers win, when killers become heroes. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The co-director, as well as 48 other members of the film crew in 27 different positions, are credited as 'Anonymous' because they still fear revenge from the death-squad killers. The 41-year-old Indonesian who shared directing credit with Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn, could only wonder, 'How could these people tell these horrible stories so lightly and so proudly? You just want to challenge them right away. But you have to keep telling yourself to be patient, to let them tell the story the way they like. Because then we can learn something about the whole system of destruction.' See more »

Quotes

Anwar Congo: Why do people watch James Bond? To see action. Why do people watch films about Nazis? To see power and sadism! We can do that! We can make something even more sadistic than... more sadistic than what you see in movies about Nazis. Sure I can. Because there's never been a movie where heads get chopped off - except in fiction, but that's different - because I did it in real life!
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Crazy Credits

The name "Anonymous" appears 49 times under 27 different crew positions in the credits. This was done to protect the identities of those crew members who feared retribution from the former Indonesian death squad leaders. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK DVD and Blu-ray from Dogwoof contain the theatrical cut (115 min) and the director's cut (159 min). See more »


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Ayah
Composer: Rinto Harahap
© PT Sony Music Entertainment Indonesia
Courtesy of PT Mitra Kreasi Prima
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You must see this movie, you simply must
19 July 2013 | by RolyRolySee all my reviews

It seems almost trivial to "rate" a movie that is this important but like some of the tothers i have given it a 10 because people need to see it.

I have never been as completely chilled by a film in my life, and I have seen plenty of brutal documentaries. The atrocities committed by the Indonesian death squads, and so vividly re-enacted, are not easy to watch and I expect that many people would rather just turn away and ignore them, but you owe it to yourselves to sit through them.

I have just finished reading Steven Pinker's excellent book The Better Angels of Our Nature in which he argues that humanity is far less violent now than we have ever been. That may be so, but if you are looking for a compelling counter-argument you can start with this film. I can assure that that you will never forget it.


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Country:

UK | Denmark | Norway

Language:

Indonesian | English

Release Date:

8 November 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Act of Killing See more »

Filming Locations:

Medan, Indonesia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,450, 21 July 2013

Gross USA:

$486,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$726,324
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended) | (TV) | (TV) | (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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