“War crimes are defined by the winners. I am a winner,” Anwar Congo tells first-time director Joshua Oppenheimer in The Act Of Killing. Congo was a death squad leader who helped kill more than a million people in Indonesia. While trying to make a film about the 1965 atrocities, Oppenheimer found perpetrators like Congo were much more willing to revisit that year than the victims’ families. In fact, the murderers agreed to reenact what they did, in the twisted, ethereal way they remember it. Oppenheimer talks to Think host Krys Boyd about the making of the documentary, which opens tomorrow at Angelika Plano and Dallas, at 1 p.m.
Watch the trailer and a VICE interview with the film’s executive producers, Warner Herzog and Errol Morris: