The Look of Silence


This is an utterly powerful documentary that left me weeping at the end. Nearly all the audience sat still in silence while the end credits slowly rolled. Through the eyes of the victims, Joshua Oppenheimer leads us to revisit the horrifying accounts of the genocide which tore families apart and continues to haunt those who have survived, and to question the moral responsibility of those who involved, acquiesced and witnessed the atrocity.

But while the cruelty of it all remains painfully apparent, it is the moments of silence, captured in between the confrontational dialogues, that subtly speaks out the intricate nuances of sins, regrets, compassion, and perhaps, the glimmer of hope for reconciliation. Just as justice is a lesson to be learned, a fight to be fought by everyone, humanity is both ardent and fragile for a reason.



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