The Look of Silence (2014)

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  • IMDb page: The Look of Silence (2014)
  • Rate: 8.4/10 total 2,619 votes
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 17 July 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Filming Location: Indonesia
  • Gross: $109,089 (USA) (6 November 2015)
  • Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin
  • Original Music By: Seri Banang  Mana Tahan
  • Plot Keyword: Genocide | Indonesia | Ophthalmologist | Male Nudity | Nudity

Known Trivia

  • Was conceived as a two-part project from the very beginning by the director Joshua Oppenheimer, the first part being The Act Of Killing. 12 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Second Indonesian language (Bahasa) featured Documentary Motion Picture by Joshua Oppenheimer after “The Act of Killing”. The film itself contains some traditional and additional local languages from Indonesia. 4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to his 2012 film The Act of Killing. 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Adi and his family moved thousands of kilometers away to the other side of the country, out from under the shadow of the perpetrators who are still powerful situation in North Sumatra. 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • According to Joshua Oppenheimer, It was Adi who forced him to see the perpetrators as human beings. 2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Joshua Oppenheimer spent several months working on the sound design of the film because he wanted the audience to be in the intimate spaces between the characters. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • According to Joshua Oppenheimer, The Look of Silence has been screened over 3,500 times to more than 300,000 people in Indonesia. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The film was shot after Joshua Oppenheimer had edited The Act of Killing (2012). Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No |
  • Short-listed for ‘Best Documentary’ (last 15 films) at the 88th Academy Awards 2016. Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers. |  »

Story: A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.


Synopsis: Through Oppenheimers 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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Produced By:

  • Kaarle Aho known as co-producer
  • Anonymous known as co-producer
  • Anonymous known as line producer
  • Sabine Bubeck-Paaz known as co-producer: ZDF/Arte
  • Heidi Elise Christensen known as associate producer
  • Torstein Grude known as co-producer
  • Werner Herzog known as executive producer
  • Maria Kristensen known as associate producer
  • Anne Köhncke known as associate producer
  • Flemming Hedegaard Larsen known as co-producer: DR K
  • Errol Morris known as executive producer
  • Signe Byrge Sørensen known as producer
  • Joram ten Brink known as associate producer
  • Tore Tomter known as co-producer: NRK
  • Bjarte Mørner Tveit known as co-producer
  • Iikka Vehkalahti known as co-producer: YLE
  • Nathalie Windhorst known as co-producer: VPRO

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Production Companies:

  • Anonymous (co-produced)
  • Final Cut for Real
  • Making Movies Oy
  • Making Movies Oy (co-produced)
  • Piraya Film A/S
  • Spring Films

Other Companies:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council  funding
  • Bbo Subtitulado  spanish subtitles
  • Beierholm  auditing
  • Bertha BRITDOC  funding
  • Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media, University of Westminster  funding
  • DR K  in collaboration with
  • Danida  funding
  • Danish Film Institute  funding
  • Dicentia Studios  post-production facilities
  • Duckling A/S  post-production facilities
  • Finnish Film Foundation  funding
  • Freedom of Expression Foundation  funding
  • Hinterland  post-production facilities
  • Lyberg & Partnere  lawyers
  • NBCUniversal Archives  archive
  • Nordisk Film ShortCut  post-production facilities
  • Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond  funding
  • Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK)  in collaboration with
  • Piraya Film A/S  in collaboration with
  • Spring Films  in association with
  • Sundance Institute Documentary Fund  funding
  • VPRO  in collaboration with
  • Vassdal & Eriksen  auditing
  • Vision Machine Film Project  in collaboration with
  • Yleisradio (YLE)  in collaboration with
  • ZDF/Arte  in collaboration with

Additional Details


  • Avalon Distribución Audiovisual (2015) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Blue Ice Docs (2015) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Cinema Delicatessen (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Drafthouse Films (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Koch Media (2015) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Madman Entertainment (2015) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Transformer (2015) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Why Not Productions (2015) (France) (theatrical)
  • Arte (2014) (Germany) (TV)
  • Arte (2014) (France) (TV)
  • DR K (2014) (Denmark) (TV)
  • I Wonder Pictures (2014) (Italy) (all media)
  • Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) (2014) (Norway) (TV)
  • VPRO (2014) (Netherlands) (TV)
  • Yleisradio (YLE) (2015) (Finland) (TV) (also Internet)
  • Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (2014) (Germany) (TV) (as ZDF)

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Special Effects:

  • Nordisk Film ShortCut

Visual Effects by:

  • Joakim Hauge known as assistant colorist
  • Emil Thorbjørnsson known as motion graphics artist

MPAA: Rated PG – 13 for thematic material involving disturbing graphic descriptions of atrocities and inhumanity


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