The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence
Joshua Oppenheimer
Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, United kingdom, Norway
Joshua Oppenheimer
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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.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

Venice Film Festival 2014
Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Critics Prize (FIPRESCI), European Critics Prize (FEDEORA), Online Critics Prize (Mouse d’Oro) and Human Rights Nights Award
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016
The Act of Killing. Cinema and global violence
Busan International Film Festival 2014
Best World Documentary (Cinephile Prize)
DocsBarcelona - International Documentary Film Festival 2015
Audience Award and Amnesty International Award
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2014
IDFA Audience Award (2nd place)

Oscar 2016
Nominated to Best Documentary
Berlinale Awards 2015
Peace Film Award
European Film Awards (EFA) 2015
Nominated to Best Documentary


Denmark (13 of November 2014)
Italy (11 of September 2014)