This past Christmas, I boarded an airplane flight for the first time in five years. The last time I was on an airplane, it was a flight to and from California (San Jose to Los Angeles) for the California State Science Fair, an expense one-hundred percent funded by the [leaves to use Google] Santa Clara Valley Science & Engineering Fair Association. And before that, the last time I was on an airplane was more than eight years prior, that trip in particular being to the country in-discussion here and now. Long, convoluted story-exposition short: this past Christmas was my first legitimate vacation ever and my first return to my ethnic homeland in more than ten years. So, adequately big deal.
The Act of Killing is a 2012 documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and co-directed by Christine Cynn and another simply credited as “anonymous Indonesian”. In the film, Oppenheimer invites the infamous Anwar Congo to re-create his experience of the 1965-66 Indonesian killings. Anwar Congo is a gangster who went from a ticket scalper selling black market movie theater tickets to leading the most notorious death squad in the North Sumatra province of Indonesia. Anwar’s actions that contributed to the anti-communist purge of more than 500,000 slain people, of which he is personally responsible for approximately 1,000, have made him a renowned figured and somewhat of a founding father of the right-wing paramilitary group, Pemuda Pancasila.