Oscar nominated 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.
“A must see… arresting and important film-making”
“An astounding, crucial work”
The Huffington Post
Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Prize – Venice Film Festival
Peace Film Prize – Berlin Film Festival
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Co-director – Anonymous
Produced by Signe Byrge Sorensen
Executive Producers – Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Andre Singer
A Final Cut For Real production in association with Spring Films.