A BAFTA and a Ban for the Act of Killing

A co-director of Bafta-winning film The Act Of Killing fears he will never be able to return to Indonesia as the hard-hitting documentary has put his life at risk.

The movie shocked audiences with first-hand accounts of the murder and torture of alleged Communists in the 1960s as it is told from the perspective of unflinching killers.

One of the moviemakers behind the film has chosen not to reveal his name over fears of reprisals, and co-director Joshua Oppenheimer fears he also faces the prospect of retaliation if he sets foot back in the country.

Oppenheimer tells the Bbc, “I would love to be able to go back. The film is, in a way, my love letter to Indonesia. At the same time one of the saddest things for me about releasing the film is that I can’t safely go back now.”

The film, which was also directed by Christine Cynn, won the Best Documentary prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Awards ceremony on Sunday (16Feb14), and Oppenheimer paid tribute to the anonymous third director as he accepted the trophy, saying, “(He) risked his safety knowing that he could not stand with me to accept this award until there is major change in Indonesia”.

The documentary will also compete for an Academy Award at next month’s (Mar14) Oscars ceremony.