Summary: In the 1960s Anwar Congo was a leader in Indonesia’s pro-regime paramilitary group, Pancasila Youth who, along with his band of dedicated followers, was amongst those who participated in the murder and torture more than a million alleged Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals. Proud of their deeds, which have still gone unpunished, Anwar and his pals are lauded as national heroes, and are delighted when the filmmakers ask them to re-enact these murders for their documentary – in any genre they desire. Initially Anwar and his friends enthusiastically take up the challenge using hired actors, making elaborate sets and costumes, but eventually as the movie violence is played out and reconstructed, Anwar’s conscience begins to stir and feelings of remorse surface.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd October, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Country: Denmark, Norway, UK
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn
Cast: Haji Anif (himself), Syamsul Arifin (himself), Sakhyan Asmara (himself), Anwars Congo (himself), Jusuf Kalla (himself), Herman Koto (himself), Haji Marzuki (himself), Safit Pardede (himself), Ibrahim Sinik (himself), Soaduon Siregar (himself), Yapto Soerjosoemarno (himself), Adi Zulkadry
Runtime: 115 mins
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