The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence

Im Angesicht der Stille © Priority Still/ Lars Skree
Im Angesicht der Stille © Priority Still/ Lars Skree
Saturday, 24 September, at 08:00 p.m.
Denmark / Indonesia / Finland / Norway / Great Britain / France / Germany / USA / Netherland 2015, 103 min. – Eng. ST
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Director of photography: Lars Skree
Editing: Niels Pagh Andersen
Music: Lukisan Malam, E. Sambayon, Seri Banang (traditionell), Mana Tahan (traditionell)
Genre: Documentary / Biography / History

Academy Awards, USA 2016: Nominated Oscar Best Documentary Feature, Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Berlin International Film Festival 2015: Won Peace Film Award, Joshua Oppenheimer
Venise International Film Festival 2014: Won FIPRESCI Prize, Joshua Oppenheimer

In the middle of Indonesia's tropical landscape an old woman sits in her garden, washing vegetables, feeding her hens and speaking about the death of her child. In 1965 her eldest son Ramli was accused of being a communist and hideously put to death. Badly wounded, he at first succeeded in making his way back to her, but the next morning the murderers finished off the job with machetes.
More than a million people were killed in the months' long nightly massacres following the military coup in Indonesia. In his documentary "The Act of Killing" Joshua Oppenheimer has already made a film about the perpetrators who have never atoned for their actions or shown any sense of guilt.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Born in 1974 in Texas, Joshua Oppenheimer studied Film and Design first in Harvard and then in London. After a couple of short film productions he produced a set of films playing in Indonesia between 2004 and 2012. His first movie “The Act of Killing” portrays the perpetrators of the Indonesian massacres in the 1960’s. He feels strongly connected to this topic so his new movie “The Look of Silence” deals with the massacres as well, this time from the victims’ point of view. The movies were nominated for an Oscar in the category “Best Documentary”.