Plot – Spoilers:
In the mid ’60s Indonesia transitioned away from a leftist government. A transition that witnessed the killing of an estimated million communists and varied ethnic groups. The Act of Killing catches up decades later with some of the prominent executioners who carried out the killings. Most prominently featured here is Anwar Congo who considers himself a bit of an artist. He dresses flashy and carries the influence of Hollywood from his youth when he worked as a scalper at cinemas.
Several of the executioners have families now and have attempted to deal with the guilt in various ways. The vanity, pride in their accomplishments and status, ego, confusion and guilt – it’s all there in one of the great documentaries of our times.