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The Act of Killing nominated for Best Documentary Oscar

Television, Film and Moving Image 16 January 2014

The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and produced by Professor Joram ten Brink, has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category of the 86th Academy Awards.

The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday 2 March 2014.

The film has already won more than 40 prizes in film festivals around the world, and was named in several critics' lists of the best films of 2013. It has already been nominated for two BAFTA awards, best documentary and best foreign language film.

The Act of Killing depicts a group of unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads being challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love. The film focuses particularly on one individual, Anwar Congo, whose initial enthusiasm for the re-enactments slowly gives way to outward expressions of unease and remorse.

Joshua Oppenheimer and Professor Joram ten Brink are directors of the International Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film, part of the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media.

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