Drafthouse Films has released a trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer‘s new documentary The Look of Silence. A companion piece to his mind-blowing 2013 film The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence was the movie Oppenheimer originally intended to make, which examined the victims of the Indonesian genocide that wiped out over a million people who were accused of being communists. The Act of Killing came about when the killers were interviewed and bragged about their crimes, so Oppenheimer had to turn the approach on its head and had them recreate the murders. The Look of Silence is more direct as the son of one of the victims confronts the executioners, but the movie is still powerful and a must-see.
Hit the jump to check out The Look of Silence trailer, and click here to read my review from TIFF. The film opens in 2015.
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Here’s the official synopsis for The Look of Silence:
Through director Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who killed him. The youngest brother is determined to break the spell of silence and fear under which the survivors live, and so confronts the men responsible for his brother’s murder – something unimaginable in a country where killers remain in power.