Killers flaunt atrocities on film

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The study of the 1965-1966 massacres in Indonesia, and the study of political violence more generally, can never be the same again following the release of the film The Act of Killing (2012). People who take opposing positions on the history of the killings must now all swallow the same irony: that the nation’s most atrocious deception has been exposed not thanks to the efforts of some extraordinarily resilient survivors, nor by experts who speak eloquently on their behalf, but courtesy of a bunch of boastful killers - now movie stars - that many of us would love to hate.

Dr Ariel Heryanto

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