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9 - 11 September 2016: Close-Up on Joshua Oppenheimer

Joshua Oppenheimer is one of the world's most renowned documentary filmmakers. His multi award-winning films The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence have challenged and redefined perceptions about the very nature of documentary cinema. This season presents all his films including twelve of his early works.

Joshua Oppenheimer's Early Works: A Collection of 12 Films
1995-2003 | 177 min | Colour & B/W | Digital
Introduced by Mehelli Modi

Second Run present the complete cycle of Oppenheimer's early works. These films do not simply record or document facts; they are playful, artistic, and philosophical. Often confrontational, and frequently disquieting, they reveal how Oppenheimer's instinct for social justice has developed into a fully-fledged art form. read more

The Act of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer
2013 | 159 min | Colour | DCP
Introduced by Gareth Evans

In this chilling and inventive documentary, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love. In the 1960’s Anwar Congo was a leader in Indonesia’s pro-regime paramilitary the Pancasila Youth who, along with his band of dedicated followers, was amongst those who participated in the murder and torture more than a million alleged Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals. Proud of their deeds and completely unpunished, Anwar and his pals are delighted when the film’s director ask them to re-enact these murders for their documentary – in any genre they desire. read more

The Look of Silence
Joshua Oppenheimer
2014 | 103 min | Colour | DCP
Introduced by Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who killed him. The youngest brother is determined to break the spell of silence and fear under which the survivors live, and so confronts the men responsible for his brother’s murder – something unimaginable in a country where killers remain in power. read more