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The Look of Silence

(Rated PG)

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Presented by UTS ART

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Overview

Called "one of the greatest and most powerful documentaries ever made" by master filmmaker Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War), The Look of Silence is a powerful examination of national trauma and survival from Oscar-nominated documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing). Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators behind the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. This unprecedented 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 stunning film both initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.

"Piercingly and authentically horrifying ... a must-see ... arresting and important film-making"
— The Guardian
"Essential ... a superior work of confrontational boldness"
— Time Out

Presented by UTS ART

This film is presented by our friends at UTS ART in conjunction with a new solo exhibition by Australian Balinese artist Leyla Stevens, entitled "Their Sea is Always Hungry". Encompassing new work in video and installation, the exhibition explores the spectral trace of Indonesia’s 1965 anti-communist killings and the hidden histories that contest its position as an island paradise. Part feminist surf film, part ghost story, Stevens work considers how a buried past continues to haunt the present.

This screening will be introduced by Sarinah Masukor, a Sydney-based writer and filmmaker. She currently teaches in the UTS School of Design.

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  • Year: 2014
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Duration: 104 minutes
  • Language: English
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