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Joshua Oppenheimer – The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence #23rdSFF

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Sarajevo pays tribute to the documentary filmmaker.

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PODCAST | Mina Stanikic of the 11th Talents Sarajevo interviews documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer from the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival.

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This year’s edition of Sarajevo Film Festival pays tribute to documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer. The audience of the festival had the chance to see two of Oppenheimer’s films: The Act of Killing (2012) and The Look of Silence (2014), both shot in Indonesia, where Oppenheimer spent almost a decade researching on the genocide that took place in 1965.

Even though both films depict the consequences of the genocide, the second one is not a sequel, but rather a part that completes the story that the first film opened: genocide executors in today’s world. For Fred Film Radio, Oppenheimer talks about his first contacts with Indonesia, which also had to do with documentary filmmaking, but had nothing to do with 50 years old genocide. He talks about his experience of living with the gangsters, about how his work affected and still affects lives of both executors and victims, as well as why he decided to show this specific genocide of all the genocides that happened in the recent world’s history. Oppenheimer also reveals his plans for future filmmaking, considering the fact that his past is largely set in Indonesia, a country he is no longer able to enter, as it might endanger his life.

Interview by Mina Stanikic, one of the members of Talents Press at the 11th Talents Sarajevo.


  • Reporter
    Mina Stanikic
  • Guest
    Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence
  • Festival section
    Talents Sarajevo
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