The Look of Silence

Documentary | DK, ID, F, NO, GB 2014 | 103' | Subtitled German

Documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer spent the last eight years in Indonesia, uncovering details of the political mass slaughters in 60s. It was supposed to be a two-hander all along, and after his Oscar nominated masterpiece THE ACT OF KILLING captured the bloodcurdling perspective of the perpetrators, who remain free and revered to this day, he now shifts his focus to the side of the victims – starting with the death and the remaining family of Ramli Rukun. The meetings of Ramli’s brother with the murderers once more shed a light on some unspeakable violence and unnerving lack of repentance – but this time it’s not as grotesquely over the top, but much more personal. The trust and time that Oppenheimer shared with his protagonists over the years really show in this film, as THE LOOK OF SILENCE is more gentle and less absurdist than its predecessor – but possibly even more unnerving. It’s a brilliant, at times hard to watch look behind the abyss of the human soul, and it couldn’t be more topical or important.

Director
Joshua Oppenheimer
Producers
Heidi Elise Christensen, Maria Kristensen, Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Joram ten Brink
Executive Producers
Werner Herzog, Errol Morris
Photography
Lars Skree
Editor
Nils Pagh Andersen
Sound
Henrik Garnov
Music
Seri Banang, Mana Tahan

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Selected filmography Joshua Oppenheimer

THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE (1998) THE GLOBALISATION TAPES (2003), THE ACT OF KILLING (2012)