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"The Look of Silence" - International Film Series

Look of Silence film

“The Look of Silence” 

2 p.m. Sept. 24 

Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business

Screening is free to the public 

Oklahoma City University’s annual international film series continues with Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary.

“The Look of Silence” examines how individuals attempt to bridge divides between enemy factions. In the powerful 2014 companion piece to his Oscar-nominated documentary “The Act of Killing,” director Oppenheimer immerses audiences into the family of a victim of the 1965 Indonesian political genocide as their surviving son Adi Rukun seeks information about what happened to his brother Ramli all those years ago. Adi watches footage from “The Act of Killing” as a way to learn about the violence of decades before, then seeks out his brother’s murderers in his own version of a “truth and reconciliation” process. A working optometrist, Adi asks the perpetrators to “see” and to speak the truth while he examines their eyes. The film is a lush and troubling mosaic of images. Critic Peter Bradshaw stated, “I don’t think I have ever seen a recent documentary so visually beautiful.”

A discussion session will follow for those who wish to stay, and a list of theme-based recommended readings and podcasts will be available.

For more information visit www.okcufilmlit.org, call 405-208-5707 or email filmlit@okcu.edu.