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The Look of Silence (2014)

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

Director:

Joshua Oppenheimer
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 48 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Adi Rukun ... Himself, brother of murdered Ramli Rukun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M.Y. Basrun M.Y. Basrun ... Himself, former commander of a civilian militia
Amir Hasan Amir Hasan ... Himself, former leader of death squad (archive footage)
Inong ... Himself, former leader the village death squad
Kemat Kemat ... Himself, survivor from Snake River massacre
Joshua Oppenheimer ... Himself (voice) (as Josh)
Amir Siahaan Amir Siahaan ... Himself, former commander of Snake River death squads
Ted Yates Ted Yates ... Himself, reporter, NBC News (archive footage)
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Storyline

An Indonesian man with a communist background named Ramli was brutally murdered when the "Communist" purge occurred in 1965. His remaining family members lived in fear and silence until the making of this documentary. Adi, a brother of his, decided to revisit the horrific incident and visited the men who were responsible for the killings and one survivor of the purge. These meetings uncovered sadistic details of the murders and exposed raw emotions and reactions of the killers' family members about what happened in the past - much to Adi's disappointment.

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Astonishing. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

Indonesian

Release Date:

17 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A csend képe See more »

Filming Locations:

Indonesia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,616, 19 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$109,089

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$332,710
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According to Joshua Oppenheimer, this film is the first film with the main country is from Indonesia that nominated for an Oscar, and the second film that used Indonesian language (Bahasa) that nominated for an Oscar. See more »

Quotes

Himself, former commander of a civilian militia: I'm not Rambo. I was Secretary General of the Komando Aksi.
Himself, brother of murdered Ramli Rukun: Or is it so great a crime that you did not want to admit?
Himself, former commander of a civilian militia: No, I do not think that's great.
Himself, brother of murdered Ramli Rukun: But a million people died...
Himself, former commander of a civilian militia: That's politics. Politics is the process of achieving your ideals.
[laughing]
Himself, former commander of a civilian militia: In many ways...
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Featured in The Oscars (2016) See more »

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Lukisan Malam
music by E. Sambayon & lyrics by Sakti Alamsyah
performed by Sam Saimun
courtesy of Irama Records
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The Look Of Slicing
14 October 2015 | by michaelradnySee 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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