The Look of Silence
It’s been three years since Joshua Oppenheimer released The Act of Killing, and the Oscar-nominated doc still ripples in the present day consciousness. His newest offering, The Look of Silence, serves as a perfect follow-up to that work, but also stands on its own as a brilliantly crafted film. Also based in Indonesia, the documentary centers on the impressive figure of Adi Rukun, a local optometrist whose brother was murdered during the devastating unreported genocide in 1965. The film was produced under a shroud of secrecy, as the subject matter still remains highly sensitive in Rukun’s home country and there were concerns for the safety of everyone involved. In a shocking revelation of injustice, you discover that not only do his brother’s murderers walk free, but they also live in his town, walking among him and his grieving parents. It’s hard not to be in awe of Rukun’s personal restraint as he faces these remorseless men in person during interviews. It’s also hard not to be thankful to Oppenheimer for finding a man of such impressive character, and directing a documentary worthy of his story.
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