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Indonesian Embassy

'Act of Killing' Is Humiliating for Our Country

IT NEEDS TO DIE

1/3/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE



"The Act of Killing" -- the docu-film which stars a real-life Indonesian warlord reenacting some of his most gruesome killings -- is destroying the country's image, so says sources in the Indonesian embassy who tell TMZ they're all praying the film BOMBS this award season.

The movie features Anwar Congo -- who's admitted he personally killed roughly 1,000 people during the anti-communist purge in the 1960s. 

In the flick, Congo walks the filmmakers through the brutal executions ... recreating several killings with the use of actors ... and ultimately has an epiphany about his actions when he watches the reenactments.

But sources at the Indonesian embassy tell TMZ ... the film does more harm than good for Indonesia, because it paints the country as a backwards, violent, lawless place.

In fact, one source in the embassy tells us the office is rooting against the film this awards season because it will keep the film in the spotlight ... and they just want it to go away. 

But director Joshua Oppenheimer tells us, Indonesia's ire is just another sign of the film's success. As far as Josh is concerned, Indonesia, especially its military, is angry because the film exposes the horrors they once inflicted on thousands of people -- horrors that need to be brought to light.

Josh tells us, "Every time this film wins an award, it brings human rights to the forefront again."

The film has won several international awards, but will most definitely a favorite to take home some of the big ones later this year.

Warning -- if you haven't seen this movie yet ... it's pretty graphic stuff.

23 COMMENTS

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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Slow news day

232 days ago
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Majestik    

Yeah, this would be like the "KILLING FIELDS" or the Germans bitching about do***entaries of what they did with genocide. You committed, it was done, it's supposedly done now, if so, why are you whining about the film. It happened and you did nothing back then, now you want to whine how it's putting you in an ugly light, well now, SUCKS TO BE YOU, should never have happened, right?

232 days ago
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Majestik    

BTW, INDONESIA. You have a do***entary about this guy, he's telling the world what he's done and it out there all over the world. TO THIS DAY, the world is still finding German war criminals and bringing them to trial, some are in their late 90's some early but they are making them stand trial, convicting and sentencing them to imprisonment. What are you doing about this a-hole????

232 days ago
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Cran    

The image of your country was ruined long ago when we heard how American men travel there to be with little boys. Corrupt and evil as always that's Indonesia.

232 days ago
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billybob    

Indonesia is a corrupt illegitimate state. These idiots cut down their last rain forests although the government internationally insured the totally opposite. The local industry suborns every communal politician, so that on the paper whole f.ucking Indonesia looks like a national park but in reality they turn their country into a mud field.
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The Air Force should nuke these slitted eyes window lickers and convert their cities into parking lots!

232 days ago
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bophus    

Yes, this is the thing that is going to ruin Indonesia for the rest of the world. Not the actual genocide or the child sex trade or the fact that it is already a jungle hole, but the movie .......yes, that is the problem. idiots.

232 days ago
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J5236    

And let's not forget the killing and/or illegal trading of precious and endangered wildlife!

232 days ago
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J5236    


..."Indonesia, especially its military, is angry because the film exposes the horrors they once inflicted on thousands of people...."

Once inflicted? As if its paradise now. Seriously peeps!

232 days ago
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TuxThePenguin    

that place is a mess. a scary, corrupt, mess. expose this dude's story, and clean up the mess with more violence. it could use a thorough washing.

232 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

The truth often hurts. If the Indonesian govt. Doesn't like it, they should make a dockmentary that shows how things have improved...if they actually have, that is.

232 days ago
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Richard    

Lol this people in comment try to look intelligent and think that they know **** about Indonesia.

232 days ago
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Sashatree    

BUT THE TRUTH IS INDONESIA IS A BACKWARDS, BRUTAL, IGNORANT, ANTI-WOMAN, PRO-MUSLIM, ANTEDILUVIAN COUNTRY!! YOU'LD HAVE TO BE NUTS TO TRAVEL THERE!!

232 days ago
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chickie    

If it talks like a duck, and walks like a duck ..........................

232 days ago
14.

John    

Instead of complaining about the film, Indonesia should acknowledge the killings and apologize to the victims. Sign the petition here: www.change.org/saysorry

232 days ago
15.

Ash    

Indonesia is a muslim country.
They kill christians.

232 days ago
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