'Act of Killing' Companion Doc 'Look of Silence' Debuts Teaser Trailer

April 1, 2015
Source: Drafthouse Films

Look of Silence

"You can't imagine what would have happened." Back in 2012, Joshua Oppenheimer delivered the disturbing, unnerving documentary The Act of Killing, which exposed the horrifying mass executions of accused communists in Indonesia and those who are celebrated in their country for perpetrating the crime. Now Oppenheimer is back with a companion documentary called The Look of Silence, which finds a family of survivors learning how their song was murdered, and also who is responsible. This prompts one of them to take action, confront the killers and having them take responsibility for their despicable actions.

Here's the teaser trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence from Drafthouse Films:

The Look of Silence is directed by Joshua Oppenheimer as a companion to 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 youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, 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. Drafthouse Films releases the doc on July 17th.

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These docs are fucking gross. I mean they are very good. But watching these fucking mass killers act so effing blase... // After watching THE is chilling to see how normal these MF'ers are. I guess it makes sense that we only "see" the pyschos in Hollywood as the real killers are just normal people.

DAVIDPD on Apr 1, 2015


The Jinx was such a wild ride. I'm addicted to shit like that now. Watch The Imposter (Netflix) if you haven't yet.

Benjamin Hunter on Apr 1, 2015


Also check out the doc Dear Zachary if you haven't seen it already. Wow. Mind blowing and disturbing.

TheOct8pus on Apr 2, 2015


It's on my list and I've heard it's a doozy. I just haven't found the right time.

Benjamin Hunter on Apr 2, 2015


I agree. The Act of Killing was beautifully shot and so well made and edited, but I was so disturbed by those people's delusions and denials that I actually had nightmares about it.

TheOct8pus on Apr 2, 2015


The Murderers, well, History has seen Those, year, after year, after Year..... however, the Fact that these Butchers are considered Heroes in there home Country is truly the most Disturbing part..... ...after All, if these were all Nazis, than they would ALL be punished.

Mark Brackney on Apr 4, 2015


Powerful stuff. Hopefully, these would soon be treated as the filmmaking Landmarks that they truly Are.

Mark Brackney on Apr 4, 2015

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