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For some, Joshua Oppenheimer‘s film The Act of Killing failing to win the Oscar for Best Documentary was the biggest travesty of awards season. The fascinating, frightening look inside the minds of the men responsible for the mass slaughter of hundreds of thousands in Indonesia was one of the most jaw-dropping films of the year. Not only because of its subject matter, but because the filmmaker actually got the film made at all. In the end, it definitely felt like there was more to this story. Now the director is returning to the subject, from a different angle.

A companion piece called The Look of Silence is about to hit the fall festival circuit and Drafthouse Films and Participant Media just picked up the U.S. rights. The film, set for 2015 release, will tell the same story as The Act of Killing from the opposite side of the violence — that is, from the perspective of the victims who not only live with the horror, but are forced to live near the people who committed the killings.

Read more about The Look of Silence, executive produced by Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and André Singer, and see the poster below.  Read More »

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