Joshua Oppenheimer – filmmaker – The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence
This is an extract from the 2015 Berlinale Talents panel discussion “The Memory of Violence”.
In this extract, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks about filming his documentaries The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence in the Indonesian setting where the perpetrators of the violent acts that are revisited were still in power, and also directly quotes The Memory of Justice by Marcel Ophuls as a great influence of his.
Joshua Oppenheimer is an American documentary filmmaker based in Copenhagen. His film THE ACT OF KILLING about the mid-1960s genocide in Indonesia won several awards at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award and won a European Film Award. His follow-up THE LOOK OF SILENCE took no less than five awards from last year’s Venice Film Festival and is featured in this year’s Berlinale Special.