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WATCH: Director Joshua Oppenheimer Talks 'Act of Killing'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 11, 2013 at 1:36PM

As part of Indiewire's ongoing Awards Season Spotlight, director Joshua Oppenheimer discussed his harrowing documentary "The Act of Killing," a frontrunner for an Oscar nomination. Check out some video snippets, below.
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Director Joshua Oppenheimer discussed his harrowing documentary "The Act of Killing," a frontrunner for an Oscar nomination, as part of Indiewire's ongoing Awards Season Spotlight.

The film, which asks former Indonesian war lords to reenact atrocities as if they were in a Hollywood action or crime film, has the likes of Werner Herzog and Errol Morris executive producing. Herzog, who came on board after an early screening, told Indiewire:

"He asked to show me the unfinished film, in London. Director’s cuts are usually so boring, but after 15 minutes I knew I had to support this film. 'The Act of Killing' tells a story that is at once so powerful and so absurd —documentaries like this come around once every quarter century.”

Oppenheimer's responses are articulate and fair-minded. Check out some video snippets, below.


On boastfulness masking denial:



On needing to find the distinction between "someone has done something monstrous" and "someone is a monster":

On opening up a national conversation in Indonesia:

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