When Joshua Oppenheimer brought his ambitious and incredibly chilling documentary “The Act of Killing” to Toronto and Telluride last year, he came to those fests with Errol Morris and Werner Herzog signed on as Executive Producers. That piqued a lot of interest, but what really got people talking was the unbelievable story of Indonesian gangsters, charged with killing off dissidents in the mid 1960’s, who worked with Oppenheimer to recreate their life’s work for the camera.
It’s an incredibly probing, deeply affecting examination of what it’s like to be a part of and look back on a genocide, and as the names of its Executive Producers may imply, it’s unlike any film before it.
In a video produced by Vice, Herzog and Morris explain what led them to attach their name to the project and what makes “The Act of Killing” so impressive. It’s not everyday Herzog and Morris talk for twelve minutes about a film…so listen up!