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The Look of Silence -- 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.
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The Look of Silence -- A documentary that follows its subject, Adi, as he digs into the horror of his family's history and the loss they suffered during the Indonesian military coup of the 1960s.


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17 July 2015 (USA) See more »
Profound, Visionary, Stunning. See more »
A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 55 wins & 30 nominations See more »
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Almost as good as Oppenheimer's previous feature! See more (21 total) »


  (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

Joshua Oppenheimer ... Himself (voice) (as Josh)
Amir Siahaan ... Himself, former commander of Snake River death squads
Ted Yates ... Himself, reporter, NBC News (archive footage) (1967)
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Rated PG - 13 for thematic material involving disturbing graphic descriptions of atrocities and inhumanity
103 min
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Second Indonesian language (Bahasa) featured Documentary Motion Picture by Joshua Oppenheimer after "The Act of Killing". The film itself contains some traditional and additional local languages from Indonesia.See more »
Joshua Oppenheimer:What support did you have from the Army?
Amir Hasan - Former Leader of Death Squad:They waited at the road with the truck. They didn't come down here. They never came down here. They called this, 'The People's Struggle.' So, they kept their distance. If the Army was seen doing this, the world would be angry. 'The Army is killing Communists!' So, to protect their image they made it look like the people exterminated the Communists. But everybody knows the Army was behind it.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Almost as good as Oppenheimer's previous feature!, 24 February 2016
Author: Hellmant from United States

'THE LOOK OF SILENCE': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A companion piece to director Joshua Oppenheimer's 2013 critically acclaimed documentary flick 'THE ACT OF KILLING'. The film centers around one man, who's brother was killed; during the Indonesian killings of 1965 to 1966. Oppenheimer once again directed the movie; which was nominated for an Academy Award, for Best Documentary Feature. I found it to be almost as good, as Oppenheimer's previous feature (which I ranked as one of the best of 2013).

Oppenheimer follows an Indonesian man around, that survived the 1965 genocide; by the name of Adi Rukun. Adi's brother, Ramli, was brutally killed; during the 'communist' purge (as a young boy). Adi now wants to confront Ramli's suspected killers (with Oppenheimer's help). He bravely interviews these men, under the pretense of an eye examiner, and seeks uncomfortable answers; as the viewer awkwardly watches.

The movie is extremely disturbing, and hard to watch; like it's predecessor. It's also very moving, at times, but never truly satisfying; as Adi can never truly get the honest answers he's looking for (and the suspected culprits show no remorse, of any kind). It's yet another masterpiece, from Oppenheimer; but some will feel like it's just an extension of the other film. That didn't bother me though.

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