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The Look of Silence (2014)

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A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

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Credited cast:
Adi Rukun ...
Himself, brother of murdered Ramli Rukun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M.Y. Basrun ...
Himself, former commander of a civilian militia
Amir Hasan ...
Himself, former leader of death squad (archive footage)
Inong ...
Himself, former leader the village death squad
Kemat ...
Himself, survivor from Snake River massacre
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Himself (voice) (as Josh)
Amir Siahaan ...
Himself, former commander of Snake River death squads
Ted Yates ...
Himself, reporter, NBC News (archive footage)
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An Indonesian man with a communist background killed when the "Communist" purge occured in 1965. After that, his remained family members lived in fear and silence. His brother visits the suspected killers and their companions at the present time as an eye-examiner. These meetings uncover the details of the killings, which possibly will give them the answer from the questions about the real executor and the killing process. He forced to face his own fear and meet the people whom possibly responsible for his brother's death. Written by Gusde

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Rated PG - 13 for thematic material involving disturbing graphic descriptions of atrocities and inhumanity | See all certifications »

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17 July 2015 (USA)  »

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$6,616 (USA) (17 July 2015)

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$109,089 (USA) (6 November 2015)
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Adi and his family moved thousands of kilometers away to the other side of the country, out from under the shadow of the perpetrators who are still powerful situation in North Sumatra. See more »

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The Look Of Slicing
14 October 2015 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I didn't really know much about the mass killings in Indonesia in the 1960's before watching this documentary, but something about it was so compelling and unbelievable that it practically was a mini-ww2. The Indonesian government at the time were very much like Nazi's, which is sickening, and this documentary brings light about the disgraceful ways religious propaganda can persuade people to kill.

What I got out of this documentary was that many of the killers didn't know what a communist was, let alone think they were people. They were spun lies about the communists and many took joy in killing them. One of the most eye opening documentaries I've seen, amongst one of the most sadistic and terrible mass killings in history.


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