Unpacking 'The Look of Silence' with Oscar-Nominated Director Joshua Oppenheimer

The man behind the silence-breaking exposé on the Indonesian genocide of 1965 (The Act of Killing) follows up his discoveries with the equally powerful companion film The Look of Silence.

Few films leave you changed upon viewing them, but the weight, power and grace of these two films signal their impact as unignorable. I had a chance to sit down with Joshua in his hotel room at SXSW to discuss how his latest film compliments The Act Of Killing. The film delves into the personal quest of Adi (a man whose brother was slain in genocide) as he strives to uncover remnants of humanity after 50 years of silence.

Watch the trailer for The Look of Silence:

Formally the films are very different, but for me equally powerful and really are both must-sees. Have you seen either film? Let's talk about them below. 

The Look of Silence Confronts the Perpetrators Directly

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What a brilliant inspiring man. Thank you.

March 19, 2015 at 7:34AM


Is there any way to contact him? I am Indonesian film student. It would be really great if we can screen the film on my campus and discuss with Oppenheimer. If he was enough a man to be responsible to his craft.

March 19, 2015 at 10:29AM

Myrdal Muda
Student Filmmaker

this film is the best documentary film for indonesian people specially, because this film tells the truth about our history that may dissapear from the books. Good job joshua.

March 25, 2015 at 10:57PM