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Podcast Episode 63: Oscar Nominee ‘The Look Of Silence’

Fillmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks about the subjective documentary

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Above: Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Look of Silence" explores the Indonesian Genocide from the point of view of a man who is trying to confront those who committed murders, including the man who killed one of his family members.

Episode 63: Joshua Oppenheimer on 'The Look of Silence'

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks about making documentaries from a subjective point of view in "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence," which is up for a Best Documentary Oscar this Sunday.

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Transcript

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks about making documentaries from a subjective point of view in "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence," which is up for a Best Documentary Oscar this Sunday.

Oppenheimer will be at UCSD at 6 p.m., Monday, at CALIT2 Auditorium, School of Visual Arts for a screening and Q&A, and then screening the film and answering questions at SDSU at 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, at Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre.

Oppenheimer's companion documentaries, "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence" are films you need to see not just because they tackle the important topic of the Indonesian genocide but also because they artfully and stunningly challenge our expectations about what a documentary is and can be.

Both films made my ten best lists in their respective years of release and they are works to be treasured for the thoughtful and groundbreaking ways they tackle both the subject matter and the documentary as a narrative form.

"The Look of Silence" was designed from the start as a companion piece to Oppenheimer’s first documentary, "The Act of Killing." Both look to the Indonesian genocide but the first film focuses on the people who committed the killings and asks them to reenact those killings as movies.

"The Look of Silence" turns its attention to a man who is trying to come to terms with the killings and to find some sort of closure regarding the death of a family member.

Here is the trailer for "The Act of Killing," and the trailer for "The Look of Silence."

If you miss the screenings here in San Diego, you can watch "The Look of Silence" online.

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