ScreenAnarchy's Best of 2013 - Best Documentary
Todd Brown, Peter Martin, Brian Clark, Joshua Chaplinsky, Dustin Chang, Pierce Conran, Jason Gorber, Kwenton Bellette, J Hurtado, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Jim Tudor, Christopher O'Keeffe, Patryk Czekaj, Kurt Halfyard, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Patrick Holzapfel, Ryland Aldrich and Shelagh Rowan-Legg contributed to this story.
The Act Of Killing - directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Todd Brown - Founder and Editor
A remarkable treatment of an incredibly difficult subject.
Peter Martin - Managing Editor
Bold and daring, not only in subject matter but also in filmmaking techniques, going beyond 'what' to 'why.'
James Marsh - Asian Editor
Simple words struggle to adequately explain this terrifying encounter with genuine human monsters, only to then indulge their fantasies in a purely cinematic way in the hopes of exploring something about how they operate and what compelled them to do what they did for so many years. There simply isn't another film in existence quite like The Act Of Killing, nor need there be, as Oppenheimer's unique masterpiece will linger inside your thoughts and dreams long after the credits roll.
Brian Clark - European Editor
Joshua Chaplinsky - Contributing writer
Its narrative may meander a bit, but no other documentary this year was as powerful as The Act of Killing. The bravery to take on such a topic, the fact that the death squad leaders WANTED to participate, the ending... man, if they don't get that ending, there is no movie. Chilling stuff. One of the most affecting films to come around in forever.
Dustin Chang - Contributing writer
Pierce Conran - Contributing writer
Oppenheimer's film is probably the best documentary I've seen in years. Horrific, terrific and surreal, it's a unique and surprising work like no other.
Jason Gorber - Featured Critic
Hard to pick between this and The Square, both meant so much to me. Both are extraordinary, both are moving and vital. The Act Of Killing may be the better film, The Square may be better journalism. They're both indicative of just how rich the world of documentary is these days.
Kwenton Bellette - Contributing writer