We will be holding an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary film, The Look of Silence, by Joshua Oppenheimer on the 20th March 2015 at the PJ Live Arts Centre at 8pm. The film is a sequel to Oppenheimer’s 2012 film The Act Of Killing about the Indonesian killings of 1965 – 1966. The film has won multiple awards, including Best World Documentary (Cinephile Prize) at the Busan International Film Festival, the Grand Prize (DOX Award) at CPH:DOX, the prize for Best Documentary at the Starz Denver Film Festival, and a Danish Arts Council Award for outstanding achievement in filmmaking. On November 10, 2014, 2,000 people came to the official and public premiere of the film in Jakarta, and on December 10, 2014 – International Human Rights Day – there were 480 public screenings of the film across Indonesia.
The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act of Killing. 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.
Running time: 98 min (25fsp), 102 min (24fsp)
Language: Indonesian, Javanese
Countries of production: Denmark, Indonesia, Norway, Finland & UK
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen
Executive Producers Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, André Singer
Watch the trailer at http://thelookofsilence.com/