Silence contains more truth than explanations in this deeply moving and upsetting documentary, “The Look of Silence” by Joshua Oppenheimer, created as a companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated “ The Act of Killing”.
The youngest son of a family of survivors of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, an optometrist named Adi, after spending years watching the footage Oppenheimer
shot of the perpetrators, decides to break the silence of the victims and to confront the murderers of at least a million Indonesians whom the government
Acting in his capacity as an optometrist, Adi confronts the men who killed his brother at the same time as he tests their eyesight. He questions them about
the events and asks them to accept responsibility for their actions, after fifty years of silence.
Because those in the current government are the same as those who committed genocide, as “The Act of Killing” reveals, boasting about the atrocities they
committed is common and public. Everyone knows who the murderers were but everyone has remained silent for fear of retribution by the government.
His bravery as well as that of Joshua Oppenheimer has created a monument to peace and reconciliation which even the government of Indonesia seems close to
adopting. Ali does not condemn; he questions with a clear idea of what he wants to achieve. Some – and it is usually the women – offer apologies while the
men become more threatened or more boastful or at least show aggravation with his audacity. Throughout it all, and with deep sadness, he maintains a quiet
magnanimity of spirit which affects all who watch this magnificent film.
Drafthouse and Participant Media will release this film in L.A on July 24th at The Nuart Theatre. The film is currently playing in NYC at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema.
International sales agent Cinephil has licensed the film to
Australia Madman Entertai
Denmark Camera Film A/S
France Wild Bunch Dist
Iceland Heimili Kvikmyn
Italy I Wonder Pictur
Japan Transformer, In
So. Korea Atnine Film Co.
Spain Avalon Distribu
Switzerlan Praesens-Film A
Taiwan Maison Motion,
Turkey Kurmaca Film
U.S. Drafthouse Film