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The Look of Silence
Part of the series The Contenders 2015

The Look of Silence with Josh Oppenheimer

Wednesday Jan 20, 2016 7:30 PM This is a past program

As an act of bearing witness, The Look of Silence has few peers in recent cinema. If its Academy Award-nominated 2012 companion piece The Act of Killing was a morally vexing portrait of war crimes that, even after many decades, remain celebrated and mythologized by their perpetrators—the film was a collaboration between Joshua Oppenheimer and numerous Indonesian crew members who had to remain anonymous to ensure their continued safety—then The Look of Silence gives voice to the victims of those horrific deeds of torture and murder. Under the pretense of conducting eye exams, an ophthalmologist confronts the men who took part in the brutal murder of his brother during the 1965-66 Communist purges, as well as its subsequent cover-up. Like so many other regions ravaged by war and genocide, grim truths hide in plain sight in a country unwilling to own up to its past. The Look of Silence offers a kind of imaginative empathy in a place that has been starved of it for generations.

A Q&A between director Josh Oppenheimer and artist and UCLA professor Peter Sellars follows the screening.

Learn more about the film.
The Look of Silence. 2015. Denmark. Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer. Photo credit: Courtesy of Drafthouse Films. 103 min.

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$15 General Admission
$10 Hammer Members with valid discount code

Advanced, online ticket sales for this film are closed. On-site tickets will be available the night of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis. Box office opens 1 hour prior to screening start time.


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Location: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
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This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter.