The Look of Silence


Through the images shot by Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing, of those responsible for the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discover the details of their son’s murder as well as the identity of the perpetrators. The victim’s youngest brother has a mission, which is to break the silence and fear oppressing the survivors of the massacre. He decides to confront those who murdered his brother and demand they accept responsibility for the terrible actions they committed. An unimaginable act in a country in which murderers are still in power after fifty years of silence.


Joshua Oppenheimer was born in 1974 in the USA and he is currently based in Copenhaguen. In the last decade he has been working with paramilitary groups, death squads and his victims to explore the connection between political violence and people’s lives. His first film, The Act of Killing (2012), was nominated to the Oscars.


Venice Film Festival (Jury Award) – Italy, 2014

Busan International Festival (Cinephile Prize) – South Korea, 2014

CPH:DOX (DOX Award) – Denmark, 2015

SXSW Film Festival (Best Film, Audience Award) – USA, 2015

Göteborg Film Festival (Dragon Award) – Sweden, 2015

With the collaboration of the Danish Embassy



The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer

Denmark, Indonesia, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom (2014)



Language: Indonesian, javanese

Executive producer: Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, André Singer

Screenplay: Joshua Oppenheimer

Photography: Lars Skree

Editing: Niels Pagh Andersen

Sound: Henrik Garnov

Production Companies: Final Cut for Real

Distribuitor: Avalon