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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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Nomination. Best Feature Documentary 2015 Torun, Camerimage 2015
Special Jury Mention 2015 Docsbarcelona 2015
Audience Award 2015 Docsbarcelona 2015
Amnesty Catalunya Award 2015 Docsbarcelona 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
Best Film 2015 Prague, One World Human Rights 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
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
Amsterdam, IDFA 2019-11-20
Torun, Camerimage 2015-11-14
Montreal, Rencontres Int. du Documentaire 2015-11-12
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2015-11-04
Vienna Film Festival, Viennale 2015-10-22
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2015-10-01
Message to Man 2015-09-19
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2015-09-18
Sarajevo Film Festival 2015-08-14
Dokufest Prizren 2015-08-08
Melbourne Film Festival 2015-07-30
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2015-07-16
Moscow Int. Film Festival 2015-06-19
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
Beijing International Film Festival 2015-04-16
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2015-04-15
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2015-03-23
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2015-03-20
Vilnius International Film Festival 2015-03-19
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 2015-03-13
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2015-03-13
Sofia International Film Festival 2015-03-05
Trondheim Kosmorama International Film Festival 2015-03-02
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2015-03-02
ZagrebDox 2015-02-23
Berlinale 2015-02-05
Göteborg International Film Festival 2015-01-23
Angers Premiers Plans 2015-01-16
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
Busan International Film Festival 2014-10-02
New York Film Festival 2014-09-27
Zürich Film Festival 2014-09-25
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 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-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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