The Look of Silence

Oppenheimer, J 2014. The Look of Silence. Venice Film Festival

TitleThe Look of Silence
CreatorsOppenheimer, J
Description

The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.

Date2014
Keywordsfilm
documentary
genocide
indonesia
the act of killing
performance
testimony
perpetrators
Files
Place of publicationVenice Film Festival
Web address (URL)http://www.thelookofsilence.com
Media typeVideo

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