The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 2014

99 min.DK/Documentary

"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.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Library
Danish title The Look of Silence
Keywords Executioners, Genocide, Mass murder, , Indonesia, 1960-1969, 2010-2019
Director Joshua Oppenheimer
Co-director Anonymous
Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Director of Photography Lars Skree
Production country Denmark,Norway,Finland,Indonesia,United Kingdom
Dialogue language English,Indonesian
Production companies Final Cut for Real ApS
Domestic distribution Camera Film
International sale Cinephil - Philippa Kowarsky Production Ltd. / Levontin Street 18 / 65112 Tel Aviv / t +972 3566 4129 / f +972 3560 1436 / info@cinephil.co.il / cinephil.com
Danish theatrical release 13.11.2014
Cinemas Reprise Teatret, Grand, Café Biografen (Odense), Ishøj Bio, Biffen (Aalborg), Øst for Paradis (Århus), Empire, CinemaxX (Århus), Bibliografen (Bagsværd)
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15


Production companies Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-producer Piraya Film, Making Movies, Spring Films, Anonym
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Camera Film


Direction Joshua Oppenheimer
Co-director Anonymous


Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Production manager Maria Kristensen
Associate producer Heidi Elise Christensen
Co-producer Torstein Grude
Co-producer Kaarle Aho
Co-producer Anonymous
Co-producer Bjarte Mørner Tveit
Executive producer Werner Herzog
Executive producer Errol Morris
Executive producer André Singer
Production assistant Ömer Sami


Cinematographer Lars Skree


Stills Lars Skree


Editor Niels Pagh Andersen
Assistant editor Mariko Montpetit


Sound Henrik Gugge Garnov
Sound designer Henrik Gugge Garnov

Visual effects

Visual effects Tom Christer Lilletvedt

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Nomination. Best Feature Documentary 2016 Los Angeles, Oscar Academy 2016
Best Documentary Award 2016 Los Angeles Independent Spirit Awards 2016
Cinema Eye Honors outstanding nonfiction feature 2016 Cinema Eye Honors New York, Cinema Eye 2016 2016
Cinema Eye Honors Best Direction 2016 Cinema Eye Honors New York, Cinema Eye 2016 2016
Cinema Eye Honors outstanding production 2016 Cinema Eye Honors New York, Cinema Eye 2016 2016
Nomination. Best Feature Documentary 2015 Brisbane, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2015
Nomination. Best Feature Documentary 2015 Torun, Camerimage 2015
Best International Documentary 2015 Yangon, Human Rights Film Festival 2015
Special Jury Mention 2015 Docsbarcelona 2015
Audience Award 2015 Docsbarcelona 2015
Amnesty Catalunya Award 2015 Docsbarcelona 2015
Audience Choice Award 2015 Madrid, Documenta Madrid 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 Calgary, Calgary Underground film festival 2015
Audience Award 2015 Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 Vilnius International Film Festival 2015
Audience Award - Best Film, Festival Favorites 2015 Austin, SXSW Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 Sofia International Film Festival 2015
True Life Fund Recipient 2015 Columbia, True/False Film Festival 2015
Best Film 2015 Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary 2015 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 Victoria Film Festival 2015
Peace Film Prize 2015 Berlinale 2015
Best Nordic Documentary Film 2015 Göteborg International Film Festival 2015
Audience Award 2015 Angers Premiers Plans 2015
Special Jury Mention 2015 Angers Premiers Plans 2015
Don Quixote Award 2015 Tromsø International Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary Award 2014 Denver International Film Festival 2014
Best World Documentary (Cinephile Prize) 2014 Busan International Film Festival 2014
Special Mention 2014 Zürich Film Festival 2014
Grand Jury Prize 2014 Venice International Film Festival 2014

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Cevennes International Documentary Film Festival 2016-04-29
Colorado, ACT Human Rights Film Festival 2016-04-15
9th Annual Human Rights Film Festival 2016-03-30
Paris, Festival L'Europe autour de l'Europe 2016-03-16
Cambridge, DocYard 2016-03-07
Los Angeles, Oscar Academy 2016-02-28
Los Angeles Independent Spirit Awards 2016-02-27
Mumbai Int. Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films 2016-01-28
Cinema Eye Honors 2016-01-10
Berlin European Film Academy Awards 2015-12-12
Bratislava, One World International Film Festival 2015-11-26
Brisbane, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2015-11-26
Nairobi Film Festival 2015-11-16
Torun, Camerimage 2015-11-14
Montreal, Rencontres Int. du Documentaire 2015-11-12
Lagos, Africa International Film Festival 2015-11-08
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2015-11-04
Lusaka EU FF 2015-10-30
London, Film Africa 2015-10-30
Ottawa, One World Film Festival 2015-10-24
Bruxelles, Festival des libertes 2015-10-22
Vienna Film Festival, Viennale 2015-10-22
Vilnius, One World Film Festival 2015-10-15
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2015-10-09
Guth Gafa 2015-10-02
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2015-10-01
Message to Man 2015-09-19
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2015-09-18
Edinburgh, Take One Action Film Festival 2015-09-16
Guyana, Human Rights Film Festival 2015-09-01
Cape Town, Tri Continental Film Festival 2015-08-19
Cinemateket 2015-08-16
Sarajevo Film Festival 2015-08-14
Dokufest Prizren 2015-08-08
Melbourne Film Festival 2015-07-30
Durban International Film Festival 2015-07-16
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2015-07-16
Burkina Faso, Cine Droit Libre 2015-06-28
Moscow Int. Film Festival 2015-06-19
Yangon, Human Rights Film Festival 2015-06-15
Addis International Film Festival 2015-06-12
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2015-06-04
Sydney Film Festival 2015-06-03
Transilvania International Film Festival 2015-05-29
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2015-05-09
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2015-05-06
Madrid, Documenta Madrid 2015-04-30
Bucharest International Film Festival 2015-04-20
Beijing International Film Festival 2015-04-16
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2015-04-15
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 2015-04-10
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2015-03-23
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2015-03-20
Kiev, Docudays UA International Human Rights Film Festival 2015-03-20
Vilnius International Film Festival 2015-03-19
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 2015-03-13
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2015-03-13
Columbia, True/False Film Festival 2015-03-05
Sofia International Film Festival 2015-03-05
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2015-03-02
Trondheim Kosmorama International Film Festival 2015-03-02
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 2015-03-02
Luxembourg City Film Festival 2015-02-28
ZagrebDox 2015-02-23
Geneve, Forum on Human Rights 2015-02-17
Oslo, Human Rights - Human Wrongs 2015-02-10
Berlinale 2015-02-05
Göteborg International Film Festival 2015-01-23
Angers Premiers Plans 2015-01-16
Tromsø International Film Festival 2015-01-12
Riga, Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries 2014-12-04
Tbilisi International Film Festival 2014-12-01
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2014-11-30
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 2014-11-20
Amsterdam, IDFA 2014-11-19
CPH:DOX 2014-11-06
Abu Dhabi Middle East International FF 2014-10-23
La Roche-sur-Yon Film Festival 2014-10-15
Busan International Film Festival 2014-10-02
New York Film Festival 2014-09-27
Zürich Film Festival 2014-09-25
Helsinki Film Festival 2014-09-18
Toronto International Film Festival 2014-09-04
Telluride Film Festival 2014-08-29
Venice International Film Festival 2014-08-27
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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Varia Ekstra Bladet Kastrup, Kim 2016-02-27
Varia BT Skaaning Andersen, Olav 2016-01-17
Varia Politiken 2016-01-16
Varia Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Enggaard, Michael 2016-01-15
Varia Berlingske Tidende Carstensen, Ivar 2016-01-15
Varia Berlingske Tidende Carstensen, Ivar 2016-01-15
Varia Politiken Skotte, Kim 2016-01-15
Varia Politiken Skotte, Kim 2016-01-15
Varia Ekstra Bladet Melchior Sjoervad, Rune 2016-01-15
Artikel Politiken Michael Bo 2015-10-28
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Bo Green Jensen 2014-11-14
Artikel Børsen Morten Durr 2014-11-14
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Louise Kidde Sauntved 2014-11-13
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Jacob Oersted 2014-11-13
Anmeldelse Information Christian Monggaard 2014-11-13
Anmeldelse Kristeligt Dagblad Soeren Hermansen 2014-11-13
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Nanna Frank Rasmussen 2014-11-13
Anmeldelse Politiken Dorte Hygum Soerensen 2014-11-11
Interview Politiken Michael Bo 2014-11-06