The Look of Silence (Skype Q&A w/ Co-Director Anonymous!)

Stunning, harrowing, and deeply moving, this companion piece to Joshua Oppenheimer’s masterwork The Act of Killing (2013) is a completely different yet equally astounding film, which continues, with masterful artistry and breathtaking courage, the exploration of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, where militia groups partially supported by the U.S. government brutally murdered some one million leftists, artists, intellectuals, teachers, and other “suspected Communists” in the name of democracy. This time, Oppenheimer focuses the lens not just on the perpetrators but on the victims and their families. As one of the most remarkable interviewer-subjects ever on film, Adi, a deceptively mild-mannered optometrist, learns the horrific details of his brother Rumi’s murder, gently shares them with his family, and, with unimaginable bravery and unfailing courteousness, breaks a decades-long spell of cultural denial as he quietly confronts the murderers who remain in power, some while he’s actually giving them an eye exam. This intimate exploration humanizes both victims and perpetrators without remotely diminishing the bottomless evil that humans are capable of or the human cost of four decades of silence without resolution, including the silence of the Indonesian and U.S. governments, who have yet to publicly acknowledge the genocide.

Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer & Anonymous, 2014, DCP, 103 min.

Watch the trailer!