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.