Drafthouse Films X BitTorrent Bundle: Inside The Act of Killing

Directors of the Oscar-shortlisted film use BitTorrent Bundle to distribute and preserve Indonesian death squad testimony. Download the Bundle here.

From 1965 to 1966, more than a million Indonesians were massacred by the country’s newly installed right-wing dictatorship. The death squad remained in power. And mass murder became a cultural punchline: a party joke, a private whisper. Today, the killers are celebrated as heroes.


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If we are to transform Indonesia into the democracy it claims to be, citizens must recognize the terror and repression on which our contemporary history has been built. No film, or any other work of art for that matter, has done this more effectively than The Act of Killing. It is essential viewing for us all.

National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia

The Act of Killing is a profound, complex documentary that asks Indonesian death squad leaders for a do-over: to remember and recreate their role in genocide. The result is a shocking lens on the human condition. This is a film about the stories we tell ourselves; the countless self-deceptions and fever dreams behind social violence.

An extraordinary portrayal of genocide. To the inevitable question: what were they thinking, Joshua Oppenheimer provides an answer. It starts as a dreamscape, an attempt to allow the perpetrators to reenact what they did, and then something truly amazing happens. The dream dissolves into nightmare and then into bitter reality. An amazing and impressive film.

Errol Morris, Executive Producer, The Act of Killing

On December 31st, the Oscar-shortlisted film’s Director’s Cut is available on iTunes. Your first look is here. The Act of Killing BitTorrent Bundle is an inside look at 2013’s most acclaimed documentary, with words from Joshua Oppenheimer (Director), Werner Herzog (Producer), and Errol Morris (Producer), and notes from the front lines, in Indonesia.


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The film’s Indonesian Co-Director, who remains anonymous, states that collective blindness is price paid by the country: the true legacy of dictatorship is the erasure of our ability to imagine anything other. In partnering with Drafthouse Films to share this Bundle with 170 million people around the world, our goal is to ensure that we remember. To guarantee Indonesia’s, and our own, ability to imagine anything other.

The Act of Killing has an important message. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible – to preserve this film as a documentary, and as a testament to what happened in Indonesia. BitTorrent Bundle allows us to address a global audience of more than 170 million: to ensure that awareness of the film’s message reaches beyond the Internet’s censors and firewalls.

Evan Husney, Creative Director, Drafthouse Films

BitTorrent Bundle was designed to support free speech and open creativity; using decentralized technology to protect digital artifacts from being destroyed or censored. The Act of Killing is not just a documentary, a film about Indonesia, or a movie about one moment in time. It’s a story about all of us. Please share this Bundle.

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About BitTorrent Bundle

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Matt Mason
Written by: Matt Mason

Matt Mason currently serves as Chief Content Officer at BitTorrent, Inc. He is also the bestselling author of The Pirate’s Dilemma, the first book in the history of the world to hit the number one spot on Amazon’s economics/free enterprise bestseller list and the rap bestseller list at the same time. He has written and produced TV series, screenplays, comic strips, apps and records, not to mention award-winning, global advertising campaigns. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer Music Monthly, Dazed & Confused, Adweek, VICE, and other publications in more than 20 countries.

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