“The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence.” The two go together. These docus are in foreign language, so they are subtitled.
In the 1960s, Murka funded anti-communist efforts in Indonesia. A million people were killed. The killers are still alive, free, rich and often hold power.
They have no shame, and eagerly re-enact their work for the camera. Many are proud. To most of the country, they are heros. That’s “The Act of Killing.” This is a unique opportunity to hear honest truth from killers who feel glee. No PTSD here.
“Silence” follows a family member of a victim as he confronts several of those government-backed killers. Naturally, he has to be careful, as the regime is still in power. In one case, he is threatened during filming.
The victimized say prayers and want to put it all behind them. They decide to let Allah punish in the next world. The victors are like “Wooooooooooooo it was great! They begged for mercy and screamed. Then we killed them.”
One interesting thing about “Silence” is that under pressure, even government-backed groups start cracking and ratting out one another – just like ordinary citizens or “criminals.”
Don’t be impressed by the “solidarity” of police and soldiers. Start turning the screws and they’d rat just as fast using standard investigative techniques.
The combination of these two documentaries will cement the idea that killing is great…when one wins. The most important thing during revolution is to take it all the way, and not to lose.