The Look of Silence

by Joshua Oppenheimer
What is the toll for survivors living alongside the perpetrators of the Suharto dictatorship's anti-Communist purges?
2014  ·  1h43m  ·  Indonesia, United States
English, Indonesian
English subs
About the Film

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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Festivals and Awards
2016
Academy Award, Nominee: Best Feature Documentary
2015
Danish Academy Award for Best Documentary , Robert Prize
2015
Berlin Film Festival, Peace Film Prize
2015
SXSW Film Festival, Audience Award: Best Film, Festival Favorites
2015
Burma Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival, Aung San Suu Kyi Award
2015
Docs Against Gravity, Warsaw, Amnesty International Award
2014
Venice Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize
2014
Venice Film Festival, Critics Prize (FIPRESCI): Best Film of Venice Film Festival
2014
Venice Film Festival, European Critics Prize (FEDEORA): Best European and Mediterranean Film of Venice Film Festival
2014
Venice Film Festival, Human Rights Nights Award
2014
Busan International Film Festival, Best World Documentary: Cinephile Prize
In the Press
Review
Bilge Ebiri
Review
Tim Grierson
Director
Joshua Oppenheimer
Co-director
Anonymous
Producer
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Executive Producers
Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, André Singer
Associate Producers
Anne Köhncke, Maria Kristensen, Heidi Elise Christensen, Joram Ten Brink
Co-Producers
Anonymous, Kaarle Aho, Torstein Grude, Bjarte Mørner Tveit
Director of Photography
Lars Skree
Additional Camera
Anonymous, Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn
Editor
Niels Pagh Andersen
Assistant Editor
Mariko Montpetit
Editing Assistant
Virgil Kastrup
Sound Editor and Mix
Henrik Garnov
Production Managers
Maria Kristensen, Heidi Elise Christensen, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous
Post Production Managers
Maria Kristensen, Lina Wichmann
Colourist and Visual Effects
Tom Chr. Lilletvedt, Assistant Colourist, Joakim Hauge
Cast
Adi Rukun
Cast
M. Y. Basrun
Cast
Inong

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