The Act of Killing
"A documentary of the imagination"
From the March, 2014 issue
In late 1965, after a coup attempt whose circumstances remain murky, Indonesian society exploded into one of the paroxysms of mass killing that form a kind of grim leitmotif of twentieth-century life. Supported by the Indonesian army, conservative strands of Islam, and anti-Communist business interests, a purge of Communists in the government and army turned