CEO, Drafthouse Films
Director Joshua Oppenheimer’s critically acclaimed The Act of Killing not only earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary in 2014 but remains the highest-grossing film released to date by the Austin-based Drafhouse Films. Oppenheimer returns to address the Indonesian killings of 1965–66 with his companion documentary The Look of Silence, which Drafthouse Films opened Aug. 14 at the Alamo South Lamar. While The Act of Killing examined of the Indonesian killings from the perspective of its the perpetrators, The Look of Silence tackles the aftermath of the genocide from the viewpoint of one victim’s family, in particular his optometrist brother, Adi Rukun. The men directly and indirectly responsible for the murder of Adi’s brother are interviewed during this documentary that screened during this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The Look of Silence subject Adi Rukun and one of the film's anonymous Indonesian contributors will participate in Skype Q&As after the 7 p.m. showings on Aug. 14-16. In addition to The Look of Silence, Drafthouse Films will release The Keeping Room, The World of Kanako, and The Invitation in the coming months. The Invitation also will screen during this year’s Fantastic Fest, which will be held Sept. 24-Oct. 1 at the Alamo South Lamar.
Aired: Aug. 13, 2015
Web sites: http://thelookofsilence.com/ and http://drafthousefilms.com/