Joshua Oppenheimer's powerful companion piece to the Oscar-nominated 'The Act of Killing' is a more intimate examination of the terrible impact of one country’s genocidal policy.
Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and learn of the identities of his killers. Oppenheimer focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: confronting the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asking them to accept responsibility for their actions.
Attempting to ‘open’ the men’s eyes just as he’s treating their sight, Adi is an extraordinary individual and Oppenheimer’s powerful film records the way in which those living in a present haunted by the past are able to reconcile their troubles if not their grief.
★★★★★ "Unlike anything else out there" - Sofie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
★★★★★ "A stunning, unmissable sequel to 'The Act of Killing'" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian