Joshua Oppenheimer celebrates winning Best Documentary for "The Act Of Killing" at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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Anwar Congo makes no secret of the fact that he killed about 1,000 people with his bare hands, boasting about the methods he used to murder alleged communists in 1960s Indonesia.Congo's testimony provides the chilling framework for director Joshua Oppenheimer's Oscar-nominated documentary "The Act of Killing", which turns its cameras on to the perpetrators of massacres that claimed at least 500,000 lives.Oppenheimer says that the attention the film has received around the world is forcing Indonesia to address a dark episode in its history, which ushered in the 32-year rule of dictator Suharto.The film won the prize for best documentary on Sunday at the Bafta awards, the British Oscars where it was also nominated for best foreign film. It is also in the running for best documentary at the Oscars on March 2 .While Oppenheimer has publicised the film, a number of the Indonesians involved in its production -- including the person cited as one of its co-directors -- have chosen to stay anonymous in fear for their safety.Those involved do not seem aware that the film will cast them in a bad light.
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