Past screening

The Look of Silence

Directed by: Joshua Oppenheimer
Runtime: 1hr 43min Year: 2014
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Directed by: Joshua Oppenheimer
Runtime: 1hr 43min Year: 2014
Country: Denmark, Indonesia, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom
Last Screened: Wed 6th Jan 2016

Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to The Act of Killing focuses on the victims of the brutal genocide in Indonesia in 1965.

“One of the greatest and most powerful documentaries ever made. A profound comment on the human condition.” – Errol Morris

★★★★★ “This follow-up is more personal, more combative. But it’s just as much a must-see as its predecessor… The Look of Silence — like The Act of Killing — is arresting and important film-making.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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The film follows Adi, an optometrist who discovered the identities of his brother’s murderers and how he died while watching Oppenheimer’s footage in The Act of Killing. Adi 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 asks them to accept responsibility for their actions.

Radically different to Oppenheimer’s previous film, The Look of Silence is equally shocking and keenly observed. Filmed in his characteristic visual style – the film bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.