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The Look of Silence ()


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

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Himself, brother of murdered Ramli Rukun
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M.Y. Basrun ...
Himself, former commander of a civilian militia
Amir Hasan ...
Himself, former leader of death squad (archiveFootage)
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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 (archiveFootage)

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Joshua Oppenheimer

Produced by

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Kaarle Aho ... co-producer
Anonymous ... co-producer / line producer
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz ... co-producer: ZDF/Arte
Heidi Elise Christensen ... associate producer
Torstein Grude ... co-producer
Werner Herzog ... executive producer
Maria Kristensen ... associate producer
Anne Köhncke ... associate producer
Flemming Hedegaard Larsen ... co-producer: DR K
Errol Morris ... executive producer
Signe Byrge Sørensen ... producer
Joram ten Brink ... associate producer
Tore Tomter ... co-producer: NRK
Bjarte Mørner Tveit ... co-producer
Iikka Vehkalahti ... co-producer: YLE
Nathalie Windhorst ... co-producer: VPRO

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Seri Banang
Mana Tahan

Cinematography by

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Lars Skree

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Nils Pagh Andersen

Editorial Department

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Virgil Kastrup ... editing assistant
Mariko Montpetit ... assistant editor

Production Management

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Anonymous ... production assistant / production manager
Heidi Elise Christensen ... production manager
Maria Kristensen ... post-production manager / production manager
Lina Wichmann ... post-production manager

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Anonymous ... assistant director
Anonymous ... assistant director

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Henrik Garnov ... sound
Martin Lind ... foley artist

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Joakim Hauge ... assistant colorist
Emil Thorbjørnsson ... motion graphics artist

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Anonymous ... assistant camera / gaffer
Christine Cynn ... additional camera
Joshua Oppenheimer ... additional camera

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Sakti Alamsyah ... lyrics
Sam Saimun ... performed by
E. Sambayon ... composer: additional music

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Anonymous ... driver

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Pauli Aaltonen ... auditing
Jan Arildslund ... auditing
Korthe Barfod ... accounting
Christian Eide ... accounting
Jens Georg Hansen ... insurance
Else Helland ... lawyer
Tom Christer Lilletvedt ... colorist & visual effects
Hanna Pärkkä ... accounting
Kathrine Schlüter Schierbeck ... film lawyer
Morten Staghøj ... auditing
Tore Kristian Tjemsland ... auditing
Oddleiv Vik ... office manager

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Profound, Visionary, Stunning. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Senyap (Indonesia, Indonesian title)
  • Indonesias tause fortid (Norway)
  • Im Angesicht der Stille (Germany)
  • La mirada del silencio (Spain)
  • Взгляд тишины (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 103 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $332,710

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The Look of Silence (2016). See more »
Soundtracks Lukisan Malam See more »
Quotes 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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