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The Look of Silence (2015)The Look of Silence (2015)

The Look of Silence (2015)

A devastating documentary on reconciliation in the shadow of the Indonesian Genocide.

Documentary, History

9.1

movie

Denmark, Finland

Indonesian

Challenging, Discussion-sparking, Intense

2014

Joshua Oppenheimer

Adi Rukun, Amir Hasan, Inong

103 min

Synopsis

A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Our Take

9.1
Jamie Rutherford

A follow-up/companion piece to the award-winning The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence is another compelling documentary from Director Joshua Oppenheimer. Both films aim attention at the Indonesian Genocide of 1965-66, when the military government systematically purged up to one million communists. While the first film’s focus was on the culprits and on providing facts, the second one lets us meet the victims. One victim in particular: a soft-spoken optician named Adi Rukun, who meets with various members of the death squad who murdered his elder brother Ramli, under the guise of giving them an eye test. As he questions them about the killings, the murderers, again, show little remorse and eagerly provide the lurid details to the many executions. It’s a stunning and provocative look at the legacy of historical mass killings, along with the insidious propaganda that provokes them, and continues to justify them to younger generations. A testament to the power of cinema to remember the forgotten.

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melavin

This documentary was so devastating, I did not talk to anybody for a week.

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