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Actors may sue director of lauded film on PKI killings

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 15 2012   /  03:18 pm

A documentary film about the massacre of Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) members in North Sumatra in 1965 has created a stir after its recent screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious and popular film events.

The film, titled The Act of Killing and directed by American Joshua Oppenheimer, received effusive praise from Werner Herzog, one of the world’s foremost documentary filmmakers.

“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal and frightening in at least a decade.” The film was, Herzog said, as reported by CNN, “unprecedented in the history of cinema”.

The film’s subject-actors have not been so enthusiastic. They claim that the 149-minute film was fictional and was not intended for public viewing.

The documentary involves reenactments of the events purported to have taken place in the aftermath ...