The Look of Silence
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. The Look of Silence was screened in the official competition at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the International Film Critics Award. The film went on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and New York Film Festival.