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The Look of Silence
In 2012, Joshua Oppenheimer directed the chilling documentary The Act Of Killing, which invited Anwar Congo, leader of the Indonesian death squads, to re-enact the murder and torture of more than a million suspected Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals during the 1960s in the style of the American movies they love. For his follow-up, Oppenheimer focuses once again on the genocide in Indonesia in the 1960s and the repercussions for citizens today. His subject is a forty-something ophthalmologist called Adi, whose petty criminal brother Ramli was killed by the militia before Adi was born. Haunted by this tragic past, Adi travels around the country from house to house, fitting strangers for spectacles so they can see clearly in the aftermath of the atrocities.