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NYFF 2014: Revisiting Indonesian acts of killing in 'Look of Silence'
NYFF 2014: Revisiting Indonesian acts of killing in 'Look of Silence'

In 2012, Joshua Oppenheimer jolted the nonfiction film world with “The Act of Killing,” a fly-on-the-wall account of the perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide as they stage re-enactments of their horrific crimes. The MacArthur Foundation committee shared the film community’s admiration—a few weeks ago Oppenheimer was given a so-called genius grant, joining a small group of filmmakers who’ve ever been so honored. “Act of Killing,” which was nominated for the documentary Oscar, was the result of a decade of work in which Oppenheimer embedded himself with the local population in the island nation, speaking the language and documenting them from...

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