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Jakarta Post

Film praised by victims, shocks students

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Thu, December 13 2012   /  09:44 am

Victims of the 1965 coup blamed on the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) have praised a documentary on the alleged killings that took place in the coup’s aftermath, but added that the film did not disclose all the historical facts.

The Act of Killing, directed by American filmmaker Joshua Lincoln Oppenheimer, centers on Anwar Congo, a respected member of the Pemuda Pancasila youth organization, which allegedly killed hundreds of PKI members in Medan, North Sumatra.

Anwar and his friends used to be small-time gangsters until they were recruited as death squad leaders in the wake of the coup.

A number of victims of the 1965 purge, both students and activists, had their chance to watch the film, screened for the first time in Medan at the North Sumatra Advocacy and Legal Aid (Bakumsu) office on Tuesday.

Astaman Hasibuan, a victim, said he appreciated the film. ...