“The Act of Killing” wins Gotham Awards’ doc prize

Joshua Oppenheimer's critically acclaimed and polarizing documentary (pictured) picked up the Best Documentary honor, while Tadashi Nakamura's Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings won the audience award.
December 3, 2013

Director Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (pictured) took home the Best Documentary prize at the Gotham Awards in New York City on Monday night (December 2).

The Oscar hopeful is one the year’s most critically acclaimed and polarizing documentaries. Exec produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, the film follows a group of former death squad leaders in Indonesia as they produce and star in a surreal film based on the 1965-66 mass murder of around one million suspected Communists.

The film is also nominated for Cinema Eye, Satellite and Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Last night’s other doc winner was director Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, which won the audience award. Directed by Tadashi Nakamura, the doc profiles the life and work of a Hawaiian-born ukulele master.

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