The Look of Silence: Film Screening Followed by Conversation and Q&A with Joshua Oppenheimer
February 22, 2016, 5:30 - 9:30 PM,
Film Screening at 6:00 PM, Conversation with filmmaker at 8:00 PM
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Over the past ten years, American nonfiction film director Joshua Oppenheimer has been working with a range of collaborators in addressing the mass genocide in the 1960s in Indonesia and its political and emotional aftermath. Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, released in 2013, asked its subjects—the perpetrators of the extermination of over 500,000 people during the “Indonesian killings of 1965-66”—to reenact their crimes. Oppenheimer’s new companion film, the 2014 The Look of Silence (an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature in 2016), offers a contrasting view of these atrocities from the perspective of the victims and their families. It follows Adi Rukun, an Indonesian ophthalmologist whose older brother was killed in the Aceh Province by a paramilitary organization shortly before Adi’s birth in the late 1960s. Rukun visits individuals complicit in the genocide and performs eye exams at their homes—a meaningful cover for his eventual questioning of their participation in the mass killings.
This event is possible with support from the Department of Visual Arts, Division of Arts & Humanities, the Film Studies Minor through Thurgood Marshall College, and the UC San Diego Library.
Joshua Oppenheimer is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. He received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1997 and a Ph.D. from Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London in 2005. Oppenheimer is the Director of the Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film at the University of Westminster in London. His debut feature film, The Act of Killing (2012) won 72 international awards and was nominated for the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary and 2016 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature for The Look of Silence.
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