The 1965-1966 Killings: Facts and Fictions in Dangerous Liaisons

Ariel Heryanto

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Abstract

The study of the 1965-1966 killings in Indonesia, and for that matter the study of the country’s politics more generally, will never be the same again with the recent release of the documentary film The Act of Killing (21 August 2012, Toronto International Film Festival), directed by Joshua Oppenheimer with co-director Christine Cynn. The film’s protagonists are leading figures in the local paramilitary organisation Pemuda Pancasila [Pancasila Youth], who were responsible for the killings of hundreds of real or suspected communists in North Sumatera in 1965-1966, as part of a nationwide program that took approximately one million lives. Although testimonies and published analyses of the event have slowly emerged, it is one of those topics that most people have some knowledge about, but prefer not to discuss even in private.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-17
Number of pages2
JournalIIAS Newsletter
Volume61
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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