Director of controversial Indonesian documentary fears for his safety -- and even turns down Oscar invitation

3 February 2014 / 2 years 8 months ago

For filmmakers invited to the Oscar event, they view it as an opportunity not to be missed.

More so if the movies they produced or acted in were nominated in that annual prestigious event.

However, it turns out that this golden opportunity was missed by the film director of ‘The Art of Killing’ originating from Indonesia, reports Kompas International.

For him, publicity is not a good idea. In fact, it is not only the director who has decided to be ‘anonymous’ but also as many as 60 Indonesian film crew members who have follow suited.

Their names will not appear in the title credits as they have been deliberately removed for fear of being targeted by anti-communist groups in Indonesia.

“For me, attending the Oscars is not possible anymore. Too much publicity on me as the film director might threaten my own safety,” the director told The Independent newspaper.

“I’m not the type of person who likes to show off my achievement. Being anonymous does suit me,” he added.

The documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer gained a lot of praise for portraying those who were involved in the mass murder of the failed coup d’etat in 30 September 1965.

This film depicts the perpetrators involved in the massacre who have now grown older. It showcases many horror stories which have never appeared in Indonesian history anywhere.

Filming was done in 120 cities across Indonesia. Around 11,000 people have already downloaded this movie for free from the internet since last November.

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