The Look of Silence – Nov. 5th

Thursday, November 5th, 7pm at the Emerson Center

Grand Jury Prize – Venice Film Festival

The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-
nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965
Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as
the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist
named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing
something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the
men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility
for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years
of silence.

 “Piercingly and authentically horrifying…a must-see…arresting and important filmmaking.” The Guardian

“Spellbinding…Oppenheimer’s skill as a storyteller seems boundless.” Playlist

“One of the best films of the year…a genuine piece of art.” The Huffington Post

“Remarkable” BBC

“Riveting, disturbing and eye-opening…a wholly conceived, self-contained work with emotional and moral firepower all its own.”