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The Look of Silence (2014)

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

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Joshua Oppenheimer
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Cast

Credited cast:
Adi Rukun ... Himself, brother of murdered Ramli Rukun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M.Y. Basrun M.Y. Basrun ... Himself, former commander of a civilian militia
Amir Hasan Amir Hasan ... Himself, former leader of death squad (archive footage)
Inong ... Himself, former leader the village death squad
Kemat Kemat ... Himself, survivor from Snake River massacre
Joshua Oppenheimer ... Himself (voice) (as Josh)
Amir Siahaan Amir Siahaan ... Himself, former commander of Snake River death squads
Ted Yates Ted Yates ... Himself, reporter, NBC News (archive footage)
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Storyline

An Indonesian man with a communist background named Ramli was brutally murdered when the "Communist" purge occurred in 1965. His remaining family members lived in fear and silence until the making of this documentary. Adi, a brother of his, decided to revisit the horrific incident and visited the men who were responsible for the killings and one survivor of the purge. These meetings uncovered sadistic details of the murders and exposed raw emotions and reactions of the killers' family members about what happened in the past - much to Adi's disappointment.

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Rated PG - 13 for thematic material involving disturbing graphic descriptions of atrocities and inhumanity | See all certifications »

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Language:

Indonesian

Release Date:

17 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A csend képe See more »

Filming Locations:

Indonesia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,616, 19 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$109,089

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$332,710
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According to Joshua Oppenheimer, It was Adi who forced him to see the perpetrators as human beings. See more »

Quotes

Joshua Oppenheimer: What support did you have from the Army?
Amir Hasan - Former Leader of Death Squad: They waited at the road with the truck. They didn't come down here. They never came down here. They called this, 'The People's Struggle.' So, they kept their distance. If the Army was seen doing this, the world would be angry. 'The Army is killing Communists!' So, to protect their image they made it look like the people exterminated the Communists. But everybody knows the Army was behind it.
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Connections

References First Blood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Lukisan Malam
music by E. Sambayon & lyrics by Sakti Alamsyah
performed by Sam Saimun
courtesy of Irama Records
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The Look Of Slicing
14 October 2015 | by michaelradnySee all my reviews

I didn't really know much about the mass killings in Indonesia in the 1960's before watching this documentary, but something about it was so compelling and unbelievable that it practically was a mini-ww2. The Indonesian government at the time were very much like Nazi's, which is sickening, and this documentary brings light about the disgraceful ways religious propaganda can persuade people to kill.

What I got out of this documentary was that many of the killers didn't know what a communist was, let alone think they were people. They were spun lies about the communists and many took joy in killing them. One of the most eye opening documentaries I've seen, amongst one of the most sadistic and terrible mass killings in history.


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