27 Jun 2015

Killing and silence

From Saturday Morning, 11:10 am on 27 June 2015

Copenhagen-based American filmmaker Dr Joshua Oppenheimer has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination.

His new documentary, The Look of Silence, is a companion piece to his Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing (which he spoke about on Saturday Morning in 2013). It follows an Indonesian optometrist, on a quest to discover how his older brother was murdered during the 1965 genocide, through Oppenheimer’s footage of the perpetrators.

The Look of Silence will screen at the 2015 New Zealand International Film Festival in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and other centres.