By Ghersom Faget

In this 2012 Joshua Oppenheimer production-1In this 2012 Joshua Oppenheimer production, self glorification reigns, until eventually the presumed king gets uncrowned by his own game. We are taken through the reminiscence of death squad killings performed and led by notorious Anwar Congo. Oppenheimer is invited to film the re-enactment of the 1965 mass murders conducted by Anwar. We are taken through, as Oppenheimer call it, a documentary of imagination. The audience observes the emotions that are arousing in Anwar and his colleague in regards to the atrocities they have committed. Anwar is afraid these bad memories would come back to hunt, as he is realizing he sinned by killing over a thousand people with his own two hands. A surreal and mesmerised theme absorbed reality throughout the film as Oppenheimer re-enacts Anwar darkest nightmares and memories such as the raw eating flesh of a man slaughtered. We sense that Anwar, approaching the end of the film, regrets what he has done indirectly as monstrous gagging attacks him while returned on the rooftop where most of the murders occurred, in the end of the film. We observed that, not only Anwar, but all his friends have come to sense by the end of the film after re-enacting what they have done to live a lavish live. It has cost thousands of innocent lives to attain a point of morality in which they have realized and judgementally separated good actions from bad, costing regret and nightmarish living from now on from the hunting of the awful memories. Although Oppenheimer has depicted mass murder, the point was to demonstrate the essence; more precisely, the nature of impunity, as he claims in an interview with The Village Voice.