The Look of Silence

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Released 2014

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Director:
Joshua Oppenheimer
Released:
2014
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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.

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  • 100

    Time Out New York Joshua Rothkopf

    A superior work of confrontational boldness, it might be the movie Oppenheimer wanted to make in the first place.

  • 100

    The Playlist Jessica Kiang

    The film does not stab as deeply in laying bare the schizoid moral hypocrisy of the perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide as its peerless predecessor, but instead offers an extra...

  • 90

    The Hollywood Reporter Deborah Young

    The Look of Silence is perhaps even more riveting for focusing on one man's personal search for answers as he bravely confronts his brother's killers.

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