Jayu is proud to team up with Human Rights Watch Toronto to co-present The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to his extraordinary documentary The Act of Killing.
The film will be screening at Human Rights Watch’s 12th annual film festival on March 25th at 6:30PM from the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Tickets can be purchased here.
Featuring a special video intro by director Joshua Oppenheimer!
In his internationally acclaimed 2012 documentary The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer took a surreal look at the government-sanctioned mass murder of “communists” in 1960s Indonesia through the eyes of the former paramilitaries who performed the killings. With The Look of Silence, Oppenheimer switches the perspective from the perpetrators to the victims. The film’s central figure is Adi, an optometrist whose older brother was murdered five decades ago during the violence. Travelling to the nearby villages where his brother’s killers still live (and where they enjoy wealth and social prominence from their participation in the massacres) Adi conducts eye exams on the perpetrators and their abettors while quietly but insistently questioning them about their memories and motives. His queries elicit responses ranging from evasions to self-exculpations to haughty self-justifications — and, chillingly, implicit threats of violence for his temerity in excavating this dark chapter in the country’s history. Exquisitely crafted, morally complex and utterly gripping, The Look of Silence is “arresting and important filmmaking … just as much a must-see as its predecessor” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian).