The Look of Silence


Joshua Oppenheimer


Venice 2014 Grand Special Jury Prize Winner

CPH:Dox 2014 Grand Prize Winner

Venice 2014 FIPRESCI Prize

Pusan Film Festival - Cinephile Award

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Director Joshua Oppenheimer
Completed 2015 Runtime 103



Through the filmmaker’s work filming perpetrators of the 1965-66 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered – and the identity of the men who killed him. The family’s youngest son asks how he can raise his children in a society where survivors are terrorized into silence, and everybody is terrorized into treating the murderers as heroes. In search of answers, he decides to confront each of the surviving killers involved with his brother’s murder. And thus begins, though cinema, an unprecedented dialogue.

What people
have said

The Look of Silence is one facet of perhaps the most important documentary project of the 21st century. Moving, sublime, and astonishing, this is a film for the ages and one not to be missed.


The Look of Silence — like The Act of Killing — is arresting and important film-making.

The Guardian
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