The Act of Killing

PBS Premiere: Oct. 6, 2014Check the broadcast schedule »

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Film website - In addition to information about the film and filmmakers, the site includes historical background, production notes, historical context and selected reactions to the film.

BRITDOC Puma Impact Report: The Act of Killing
The organization BRITDOC has drawn up a detailed report on the outreach campaign and impact of the film in Indonesia and around the world.

Original Online Content on POV

To enhance the broadcast, POV has produced an interactive website to enable viewers to explore the film in greater depth. The website for The Act of a streaming video trailer for the film; an interview with filmmaker; a list of related websites, articles and books; a downloadable discussion guide; and special features.

Indonesia's Genocide

Economists with Guns: Authoritarian Development and U.S.- Indonesian Relations, 1960-1968 by Bradley R. Simpson
Drawing on newly declassified archival material, author Simpson examines how Americans and Indonesians imagined the country's development in the 1950s and why they abandoned their democratic hopes in the 1960s in favor of Suharto's military regime.

Inside Indonesia: "Accomplices in Atrocity"
This article by Brad Simpson documents the United States' role in the 1965-66 events in Indonesia.

Inside Indonesia: "The Killings of 1965-66"
This section of the website aggregates articles by many of the leading scholars of the killings.

Jakarta Post: "Komnas HAM Declares 1965 Purge a Gross Human Rights Violation"
This 2012 news story by Margareth S. Aritonang covers the results of the National Commission on Human Rights investigation of human rights violations in the 1965-66 PKI purge. The English language paper also provides current reporting on events in Indonesia.

Pretext for Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement and Suharto's Coup d'√Čtat in Indonesia by John Roosa
This book by John Roosa offers a detailed account of the genocide and the events leading up to it.

Tempo: "Requiem for a Massacre" -
In 2012, Tempo, one of Indonesia's leading news magazines,published this unprecedented 75-page special on the 1965-66 killings, with testimonies from the perpetrators.

U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian. "Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968." This U.S. government website offers online archives of de-classified documents detailing the country's involvement in Indonesia from 1964-66.

The United States and Suharto: April 1966-December 1968. "Memorandum From Donald W. Ropa of the National Security Council Staff to the President's Special Assistant (Rostow)."
This U.S. government document covers the country's involvement and response to the events in Indonesia.

Human Rights

Amnesty International: Indonesia
Amnesty International's most recent accounting of the status of human rights in Indonesia dates to 2012. Also see this report on Indonesia's newly elected president:

Asian Human Rights Commission
Search "Indonesia" for reports on human rights abuses, including calls to end impunity for those who committed atrocities in 1965-66.

Human Rights Working Group Indonesia
This group is a coalition of human rights organizations and initiatives. Of special interest is a report on elderly victims of the communist purge seeking justice:

International Center for Transitional Justice: "Derailed: Transitional Justice in Indonesia Since the Fall of Soeharto (Executive Summary and Recommendations)"
This joint report was released by the International Center for Transitional Justice and KontraS (the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence).

KontraS: The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence
This Indonesian nonprofit advocates for human rights and justice for victims of more recent violence and human rights abuses.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This seminal United Nations document establishes standards for human rights.

Indonesia in General

CIA World Factbook: Indonesia
This page provides general information on Indonesia from a U.S. perspective.

Indonesian Government
This is the official portal to Indonesian government websites.

U.S. Department of State: U.S. Relations with Indonesia
This page offers an overview of current U.S.-Indonesian relations

Resources in Indonesian
(English speakers may want to use a program like Google Translate to look at these sites.)

Indonesia Corruption Watch

National Commission on Human Rights of Indonesia