If you’ve watched Joshua Oppenheimer’s 2012 documentary The Act of Killing, then you probably don’t need much convincing to see its companion piece, The Look of Silence. While the Act of Killing focused on the perpetrators behind the 1966-65 Indonesian genocide, The Look of Silence tells the stories of the victims and survivors of the same genocide.
Oppenheimer’s 2012 documentary bent the conventions of documentary film-making by combining surrealist scenes of the killers dressed up in fantastical costumes, and glamorised recreations of the murders with more conventional interviews. The resulting portrait, of ordinary men committing unspeakable violence, is a chilling reminder that evil acts are often committed by regular people. Worse still, the documentary reveals that none of the men have been held accountable. However, “The Look of Silence” promises to be a very different movie.
In his director’s statement, Oppenheimer affirms that the tone of his new documentary will be more subdued: “The Act of Killing exposed the consequences for all of us when we build our everyday reality on terror and lies. The Look of Silence explores what it is like to be a survivor in such a reality…. The result…is, I hope, a poem about a silence borne of terror – a poem about the necessity of breaking that silence, but also about the trauma that comes when silence is broken. Maybe the film is a monument to silence – a reminder that although we want to move on, look away and think of other things, nothing will make whole what has been broken. Nothing will wake the dead. We must stop, acknowledge the lives destroyed, strain to listen to the silence that follows.”
In case you’re not convinced, here are three reasons why you should come to the Freedom Film Fest screening of this amazing documentary.
1. A 100% Rating. It did the seemingly impossible and got a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes!
2. Festival Fave. Like its predecessor, The Look of Silence is gaining acclaim. It just won Best Film at Prague’s One World festival of human rights’ documentaries.
3. Change Maker. A vital debate was sparked when The Act of Killing first screened (secretly) in Indonesia, and that conversation has continued since The Look of Silence debuted in Indonesia. Indonesia’s National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has even publicly supported the film and stated that it is a part of national reconciliation. Talk about opening up perspectives!
So what are you waiting for? Come to PJ Live Arts on the 20th of March to watch this documentary that will give you lots to talk and think about. More details of the screening as below;
Date: 20th March 2015
Venue: Theatre, PJ Live Arts, Block K, Jaya One, Section 13, No.72A, Jalan Universiti, 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E, Malaysia
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Please register 30 minutes before screening time to get your entry invites. Entry by a minimum donation.