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JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER - Regisseur
Born 1974, Texas, USA. Joshua Oppenheimer has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. Educated at Harvard and Central St Martins, London, his award-winning films include THE GLOBALIZATION TAPES (2003, co-directed with Christine Cynn), THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE (1998, Gold Hugo, Chicago Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival), THESE PLACES WE’VE LEARNED TO CALL HOME (1996, Gold Spire, San Francisco Film Festival) and numerous shorts. Oppenheimer is Senior Researcher on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Genocide and Genre project and has published widely on these themes. 

Filmography (Forthcoming)
- CO-EXISTENCE (working title, documentary; a family of survivors confronts the men who murdered their son, 2013).

 Filmography (as Director)
- SHOW OF FORCE (short, 2007)
- THE GLOBALIZATION TAPES (documentary, co-directed with Christine Cynn, 2003)
- LAND OF ENCHANTMENT (short, co-directed with Christine Cynn, 2001)
- THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE (50 mins, 1997; Gold Hugo, Chicago Film Festival, 1998; Telluride Film Festival, 1997; Best Experimental Film, New England, 1998)
- THESE PLACES WE’VE LEARNED TO CALL HOME (short, 1997; Gold Spire, San Francisco Film Festival, 1997) 

SIGNE BYRGE SØRENSEN - Producer
Signe Byrge Sørensen has been a producer for 14 years. She began in SPOR Media in 1998, moved to Final Cut Productions ApS in 2004 and founded Final Cut for Real ApS in 2009. She has produced documentaries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Thailand, Argentina, Denmark and Sweden. She was the Danish co-producer for STEPS FOR THE FUTURE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. She holds an MA in International Development Studies and Communication Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark, and is a graduate of both EURODOC (2003) and EAVE (2010). She has lectured at Roskilde University, the University of Århus, the Danish Film School, the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and on the documentary training courses ESODOC and ExORIENTE.  

Amongst the films that Signe has produced are: THE KID AND THE CLOWN (dir. Ida Grøn, 2011), FOOTBALL IS GOD (dir. Ole Bendtzen, 2010) and LETTERS FROM DENMARK (dir. 10 Danish directors, 2006). She has also produced and co-directed (with Janus Billeskov Jansen) VOICES OF THE WORLD (2005) and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING MLABRI (2007). She was the post producer on Jan Troell’s EVERLASTING MOMENTS (2008), which won six national awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe. 

ANONYMOUS - Co-Director and many others
Due to the nature of this film – its subject matter, production methods and the context in which it has been made – it has unfortunately been necessary to credit numerous Indonesian partners and collaborators, working across all aspects of the film (from Co-Direction and Cinematography to Sound Recording, Production Management, Make Up, Music, Choreography and Technical Support) as Anonymous. Behind this honourable and historically resonant naming stand many remarkable people, who have worked tirelessly to bring these profoundly disturbing stories to wider attention. Their courage has made this film possible. Without them, it could not have been more than an idea, a wish. We share with them a deep hope that our collective labour might contribute in some way to a shift in the forces currently shaping and governing Indonesia, and towards a justice for both individuals and communities. We thank them for their trust in us, and the extraordinary commitment they have brought to this project. 

CHRISTINE CYNN - Co-Director
Christine Cynn has been directing documentary and experimental films for the past 14 years. For the last decade, she has been developing new ways to document the human imagination. Educated at Harvard, and the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Uganda, she co-directed THE GLOBALIZATION TAPES (2003) with Joshua Oppenheimer. She has written screenplays for FilmFour and was a founding member of the Vision Machine Film Project in London. She was a researcher on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Genocide and Genre project. Cynn is currently developing a project, Science Future, combining documentary with fiction, about how scientists imagine the future. 

ERROL MORRIS - Executive Producer
Errol Morris became executive producer of THE ACT OF KILLING in early 2010, after Joshua Oppenheimer screened two hours of roughly edited scenes for him at his office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fascinated, Errol compared the material to one of his favorite films of all time, Kazuo Hara’s THE EMPEROR’S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON. Ever since, Errol has been a passionate ambassador and champion of both the movie and its innovations in filmmaking method and language. 

Filmmaker and author Errol Morris’ films include TABLOID (2010), STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (2008), The Fog of War (2003) Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999), Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997), A Brief History of Time (1992), THE Thin Blue Line (1988), Vernon, Florida (1981), and Gates of Heaven (1978). He has won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, an Emmy, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Horse at the Taiwan International Film Festival and the Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America. His documentaries have repeatedly appeared on many ‘ten best’ lists and he has been the subject of a full retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1999. 

Morris has directed over 1000 television commercials, short films for the 2002 and 2007 Academy Awards and for charitable and political organizations such as Stand Up to Cancer and Moveon.org. In 2000-2001, Morris directed two seasons of the television series First Person. He has received five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

His new book “Wilderness of Error: The Trial of Jeffrey MacDonald” (2012) examines the nature of evidence and proof in the notorious MacDonald murders. His previous book, “Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography,” was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times notable book of 2011. 

WERNER HERZOG - Executive Producer
In May 2012, our UK executive producer, André Singer, introduced a fine cut of THE ACT OF KILLING to Werner Herzog. Astonished by the film, he called it “unprecedented in the history of cinema.” Since then, he has been a tireless friend and supporter of the film, and has offered invaluable creative feedback during the final stages of editing.  

Werner Herzog was born in Munich on September 5, 1942. He grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and studied History and German Literature in Munich and Pittsburgh. 

He made his first film in 1961 at the age of 19. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than sixty feature- and documentary films, such as EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL (1970), AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972), STROSZEK (1977), NOSFERATU (1978), FITZCARRALDO (1982), LESSONS OF DARKNESS (1992), LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1997),  MY BEST FIEND (1999), INVINCIBLE (2000), GRIZZLY MAN (2005), ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007), THE BAD LIEUTENANT (2009), CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (2011), and INTO THE ABYSS (2012). 

Werner Herzog has published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. Werner Herzog lives in Munich and Los Angeles. 

ANDRÉ SINGER - Executive Producer
André Singer was awarded his doctorate from Oxford University as an anthropologist specializing in Iran and Afghanistan. He moved into film and television in the 1970s to work on anthropological films for Granada Television. He has worked in documentary film since then, as a researcher, producer, director, executive producer and commissioning editor. He was Series Editor of Disappearing World, then headed the BBC Documentary Department’s Independent Unit where he set up the Fine Cut series (later to become Storyville) and worked with Jean Rouch, Werner Herzog, D.A. Pennebaker and Fred Wiseman. 

As an independent producer, he established Café Productions and later West Park Pictures (now a DCD Media owned company). André is currently serving on the TV Committee of BAFTA, he is a Documentary Campus board member, a Vice President of the Royal Anthropological Institute and Chair of their Film Committee. He has been responsible for several hundred hours of factual programs for the international TV market and producer or executive producer of fourteen films with Werner Herzog since Lessons of Darkness in 1992.