The Look of Silence

July 17th, 2015


The Look of Silence

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

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 8.4/10 (1,199 voted)

Critic's Score: 89/100

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

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


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Country: Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, UK, USA

Language: Indonesian

Release Date: 17 July 2015

Filming Locations: Indonesia

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Rating: 10/10

Focussing on a single family who during what is now known as a genocide in the late 1960s, who lost their eldest son. Adi, who wasn't born at that time, has a deep and personal commitment to not just finding answers that his whole family was asking, but to setting his country on a path of truth and reconciliation.

Amazingly, the perpetrators of the genocide were still in positions of power. The interview showed Adi time and again facing perpetrators of the genocide – those indirectly involved with his brother's killing – and later with those who were directly involved.

Throughout the documentary, Adi showed his calm nature, even when tested and even when displaying his resilience and determination to hear the truth. While steps were taken to protect Adi, thinly veiled threats to his safety where made – leaving the viewer in no doubt that he had literally put his life on the line.

Adi in person, at the Q&A session after the showing at Telluride, his answers (translated by director Joshua), his persona and his body language conveyed a disarming softness, a humbleness and an absolute commitment to the truth and reconciliation of his country.

I was honored to shake Adi's hand, to exchange a few words of greeting.

There is no doubt in my mind that I was in the presence of someone very special, someone who through his own deep and personal commitment was in the process of making the world a better place.


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