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THE LOOK OF SILENCE

Joshua Oppenheimer / United States - Indonesia / 2014 / 103 ' / Indonesian

Credits

Awards & Festivals

Nominee, Best Feature Documentary, Academy Award, 2016
Danish Academy Award for Best Documentary (Robert Prize), 2015
eace Film Prize, Berlin Film Festival, 2015
Grand Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival, 2014
Critics Prize (FIPRESCI), Best Film of Venice Film Festival, 2014
European Critics Prize (FEDEORA), Best European and Mediterranean Film of Venice Film Festival, 2014
Human Rights Nights Award, Venice Film Festival, 2014
Best World Documentary (Cinephile Prize), Busan International Film Festival, 2014
Audience Award, Best Film, Festival Favorites, SXSW Film Festival, 2015
Aung San Suu Kyi Award, Burma Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival, 2015
Amnesty International Award, Docs Against Gravity, Warsaw 2015

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What is the toll for survivors living alongside the perpetrators of the Suharto dictatorship's anti-Communist purges?

Synopsis

Critically acclaimed director Joshua Oppenheimer follows up his award-winning documentary THE ACT OF KILLING (2012) with THE LOOK OF SILENCE, which continues the difficult and disquieting project of seeking justice for the survivors of the Indonesian genocide of 1965-66. The anti-Communist purges that brought the Suharto dictatorship to power have claimed the lives of at least half a million, with estimates of up to a million people. What is the toll for survivors of living alongside the perpetrators of these human rights abuses?

At the centre of the documentary is Adi Rukun, who confronts the psychological toll the genocide has had on his family. Oppenheimer explores the heavy emotional burden that is carried by survivors who have to confront a reality of living alongside their torturers. Many who were involved in the paramilitary death squads lead ordinary lives as local politicians and teachers, while denying the atrocities of the genocide.

 

 

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