The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 2014

99 min.DK/Documentary

Through Joshua 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.
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Original title The Look of Silence
Danish title The Look of Silence
Keywords Executioners, Genocide, Mass murder, Forgiveness, Indonesia, 1960-1969, 2010-2019
Director Joshua Oppenheimer
Co-director Anonymous
Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Director of Photography Lars Skree
Editor Niels Pagh Andersen
Sound Henrik Gugge Garnov
Production country Denmark, Norway, Finland, Indonesia, United Kingdom
Dialogue language English,Indonesian
Domestic distribution Camera Film
International sales Cinephil - Philippa Kowarsky Production Ltd.
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)
Comment The film is a follow-up to Joshua Oppenheimer''s ''The Act of Killing'' (2012). Both films were nominated for a Best Documentary Feature Oscar.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company
Executive Producer Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-production 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

VFX Tom Chr. Lilletvedt

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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-Fonden 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-Fonden Skotte, Kim 2016-01-15
Varia Politiken-Fonden Skotte, Kim 2016-01-15
Varia Ekstra Bladet Melchior Sjoervad, Rune 2016-01-15
Artikel Politiken-Fonden 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-Fonden Dorte Hygum Soerensen 2014-11-11
Interview Politiken-Fonden Michael Bo 2014-11-06
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