“A painful, profoundly empathetic work of moral reckoning” – The New York Times
Fifty years ago, hundreds of thousands of accused communists were put to death in a brutal Indonesian political purge. In this heart-wrenching film, a family who survived the genocide learn the truth of how a beloved son was murdered – and tracks down his executioners. The dead man’s younger brother, an optometrist, stages a bold confrontation with the murderers under the guise of an eye examination – but will they admit to remorse for their crimes?
A potent companion piece to director Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary The Act of Killing, which primarily focused on the death squad killers, The Look of Silence has won multiple awards including the Grand Jury Prize at 2014’s Venice Film Festival.