The Act of Killing.

Pakshet! Kakaibang kilabot talaga yung naramdaman ko nang mapanood ko finally itong pelikulang matagal nang pinag-uusapan online.

The_Act_of_Killing_(2012)Nung 2012 ginawa ng isang American-British film director na naka-base sa Denmark itong documentary ito na tungkol sa mga kaganapan sa Indonesia mula 1965 hanggang 1966.

Anong kaganapan? The almost total extermination of the leaders, members and sympathizers (even those simply accused of being so) of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI). Conservative estimates place the total deaths at 500,000 people, with some historians even claiming 1M+ people murdered.

Hindi ko na ikukwento yung history nung event kasi pwede n’yo naman itong i-google. Pero what bears sharing is HOW the story was told — the director convinced the actual perpetrators to do the acting!

Opo. Kakaiba talaga!

Actual members (now quite old) of rightist para-military and vigilante groups (even village youth gangs) that did the killings tell their story of why, when, where and how they committed the murders.

And get this, sila rin mismo ang nagrere-enact nung mga pag-patay, sa paraang gusto nila — kaya may straight drama kunwari, may mala-musical, at may mala-action film ang pagsasadula.

And they were quite proud of what they did. Grabe!

And that, probably, is the main reason why this is one of the most chilling films I have ever watched. Hindi masyadong pulido yung acting itself kasi hindi naman sila professional actors, pero it was their experience that was harrowing.

The way the killers reminisced about…

  • what their feelings were when they abducted, tortured and subsequently butchered their victims
  • how their victims reacted upon finding out that they were to be killed
  • how they disposed of the bodies, or the pieces, depending on what method of killing they employed
  • how good they felt after the murders and how they looked forward to the next ones.

All these painted a stark picture of exactly how inhuman humans can become once you mix fear, intolerance, lies, ideology, religion, prejudice and hate together in one setting.

I pray that such a thing never happens again ever; not anywhere, not to anyone. 😦

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The Act of Killing.

Napoles to me…

… is merely the most recent face of a problem that has been plaguing our country for decades — yung problema ng katiwalian na sobrang gahaman at walang takot.

Sabi ng iba, “Impunity” daw ang tawag dito. Pero masyadong impersonal para sa akin ang salitang ‘yun… sounds like “Immunity” nga eh. Well, bahagi nga rin pala yun ng problema. Pero kulang talaga yung dating nung salita… hindi kayang i-convey yung baho… yung kahayupan… yung kawalanghiyaan… yung kawalan ng puso na involved.

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Para sa akin, the more apt description of the problem would be “sobra-sobrang kawalan ng konsiyensya” — i.e., a total lack of conscience among these corrupt officials and kababayans of ours. This sets them apart from those na tinaguriang “corrupt pero may pakinabang naman.”

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying na kapag “may pakinabang” ang isang kawatan ay excused na yung mga kalokohan niya. Far from it! They are just as guilty of the crime as the rest and are just as deserving to be punished. Nabanggit ko lang sila to contrapose with the even worse kind of thief.

Siya na kaya ang huli?

Don’t bet on it. Tiyak meron pang mga katulad niya na nasa gilid-gilid lang.

It’s gonna take more than simply abolishing the Pork Barrel to sort out this mess our country’s in.

Kawawang Pilipinas. Totoo nga yung kasabihan na “a country’s main resource are its people.” Pero in our case, mga kababayan din natin mismo yung sumpa. 😦

Napoles to me…