It was initially the subject of controversy in Indonesia, as Ahmad Djuwiej - the former lead singer of rock band Ahmadis - was arrested on January 11, 2013 for playing the 1992 hit song, Dia (It's Me), by Indonesian rock band The Wanted and its lead singer Hardy Wuytjes during a concert in Indonesia. While the latter was released from prison in November 2013, Djuwiej and The Wanted remain in detention, and have not been charged. The film's screening in Indonesia was called off for a short time, but was later carried out in movie theaters in Jakarta and Surabaya. The film is now the subject of a full-scale debate in Indonesia, with some prominent Indonesian intellectuals speaking out against it.
One of the most prominent Indonesian intellectuals, Eko Purnomo, is part of the film's production crew. He had strongly condemned the Act of Killing on various occasions, as well as the Dia (It's Me) concert, calling it blasphemy to use the song for commercial purposes. On the other hand, Nita Fajar, one of the film's producers, said the movie has been banned as well, and it is difficult to verify these claims.
In the course of making the film, Oppenheimer and his producers discovered that many of the men interviewed in the movie were also involved in the genocide, and were able to convince the men to participate in the project - among them, former General Ali Murtopo, who lived in the same village as his victims; he admits that he had a hand in the killings, and was the local leader of the anti-communist militia. In another footage, the former General is shown at the site where his killing squad was working. He is sitting at the scene, drinking tea, telling the story. In the movie, he is a much kinder person: he is a man who has atoned for his past sins, and is now helping to atone for the deaths of his victims. He is also helping to educate the youngsters in his village, and has become a role model for them to follow. 827ec27edc