What is deception? Why are we deceiving ourselves individually and collectively? Can art help us to see ourselves clearly?
four by three talks to Joshua Oppenheimer about The Act of Killing and its spellbinding companion piece The Look of Silence, giving an insight into how the past relates to the present and how to break an imposing silence of fear and guilt through cinema.
Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence is the impressive companion piece to The Act of Killing, which won over 60 awards around the world. Both films open up space and time for the perpetrators of the 1965-66 Indonesian genocide to look at themselves anew, exposing their fractured humanity to their families, neighbours and the world. In The Look of Silence a family of survivors discovers not only how their son was murdered, but as well the identities of his killers. This award-winning documentary focuses on the family’s youngest son Adi, who makes possible the seemingly impossible: breaking fifty years of visible blindness and audible muteness.… Read the rest