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‘Act of Killing’ Director Hopes U.S. Will Admit Genocide Role | IPS News Agency

Fellow executioners Anwar Congo (left) and Adi Zulkadry have their makeup done before reenacting a scene from the Indonesian genocide. (Credit: Joshua Oppenheimer)

Fellow executioners Anwar Congo (left) and Adi Zulkadry have their makeup done before reenacting a scene from the Indonesian genocide. (Credit: Joshua Oppenheimer)

It’s time for the ?#?Oscars? and documentaries The Act of Killing and The Square are among the contenders at tonight’s awards. Read Jasmine Ramsey’s exclusive interview with director Joshua Oppenheimer, whose The Act Of Killing features Indonesian paramilitary leaders reenacting systematic mass killings that cost half a million people’s lives. http://bit.ly/1fzIHjp

Meanwhile, Anicee Gohar takes a look at The Square, which was recently screened at the United Nations. http://bit.ly/1fzIVH3

Watching former gangsters and paramilitary leaders proudly reenact scenes from Indonesia’s military-led mass killings of 1965-66 in the Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Act of Killing”, it’s easy to forget the role of outside countries.

“It was like I had wandered into Germany 40 years after the Holocaust only to find the Nazis were still in power,” director Joshua Oppenheimer told IPS in an exclusive interview.

But while U.S. covert support for the deadly crackdown that killed at least half a million people is not the focus of his film, Oppenheimer hopes the powerful country will at least admit its role.

For more on this story, visit: “Act of Killing” Director Hopes U.S. Will Admit Genocide Role – Inter Press Service.

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