The 36th Annual Film continues Sunday, September 24, 2 pm with The Look of Silence, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Indonesia/Denmark (2014), 103 minutes
In this powerful companion piece to the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing, director Oppenheimer immerses audiences into the family of a victim of the 1965 Indonesian political genocide as their surviving son Adi Rukun seeks information about what happened to his brother Ramli all those years ago. Adi watches footage from The Act of Killing as a way to learn, then seeks out his brother’s murderers in his own version of a “truth and reconciliation” process. A working optometrist, he actually asks the perpetrators to see and to speak the truth while he examines their eyes. The film is a lush and troubling mosaic of images and silences that speak volumes.
The Film Institute is supported by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment and OKCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature.
A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay.
Praise for The Look of Silence
“[The Look of Silence] is like a hologram that changes depending on how you look at it. From this angle it’s a work of elegance and quiet; from that angle it’s a blunt object, vibrating rage.” Eric Hynes, Reverse Shot/Museum of the Moving Image
“Adi’s dignity and calm is remarkable, and I don’t think I have ever seen a recent documentary so visually beautiful.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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