"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.
Joshua Oppenheimer was nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for “The Act of Killing” which has won huge international acclaim since its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival in 2012.
Signe Byrge Sørensen