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The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn & Anonymous (2012) won the CPH:DOX Award on Friday. The film was an opening film at the festival and one of it´s highlights. The documentary is about mass murders, Anwar Congo and his friends. When the government in Indonesia was overthrown in 1965, Congo and friends went from selling movie theatre tickets in the black market to become death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. But the documentary is not a sit-down interview with Congo and his friends, the killers. Congo and friends agreed to participate in the film through filmmaking. Through their favorite film genres, – gangster, western and musical -they developed fiction scenes about their experience of the killings. They write the scripts, they act themselves and their victims. Through this, Congo, has to face his actions – for the first time in his life.
A Special mention went to Tchoupitoulas directed by Bill and Turner Ross (2012). From dusk until dawn, the Zanders brothers go and explore the Tchoupitoulas Street in the French neighbourhood of New Orleans.
Other CHP:DOX winners are:
Leviathan directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verana Paravel
Searching for Bill directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen
POLITIKEN’S AUDIENCE AWARDS
A normal Life directed by Mikala Krog
Tomorrow directed by Andrey Gryazev
White Black Boy directed by Camilla Magid (Sound: Peter Albrechtsen)