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WATCH: Werner Herzog and Errol Morris Discuss Genocide Doc 'The Act of Killing' (VIDEO)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! July 12, 2013 at 2:39PM

Any film with the names Werner Herzog and Errol Morris attached as co-executive producers is enough for cinephiles to run to the theater en masse. But Joshua Oppenheimer's masterful genocide documentary "The Act of Killing" is an unmissable film on its own terms.
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'The Act of Killing'
'The Act of Killing'

Any film with the names Werner Herzog and Errol Morris attached as co-executive producers is enough for cinephiles to run to the theater en masse. But Joshua Oppenheimer's masterful genocide documentary "The Act of Killing" is an unmissable film on its own terms. 

In the film, which premiered at Telluride, a group of Indonesian death squad leaders is challenged to reenact a series of mass killings done in the 1960s upon anyone, especially communists, who dissented from government authority. Through a series of bizarre, violently staged set pieces, the men do so with disturbing pride.

In a video interview with Vice, executive producers Morris and Herzog -- both known for their own intensely cinematic documentaries including Morris' 1988 "The Thin Blue Line" and Herzog's 2005 "Grizzly Man," among many more -- discuss this controversial film and the Indonesian government's reaction to it. Read our TOH! review of "The Act of Killing" here, watch the interview and trailer below, and catch the film when it opens in limited release on July 19.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.