Documenting impact: OVEE screening & chat featuring “The Look of Silence”
When: Thursday, July 21 | noon-1 p.m. EST
We invite you to join us from noon-1 p.m. EST on July 21 for an online OVEE screening featuring clips and conversation from the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Look of Silence.
More than 50 years after the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, and learns the identities of his killers. The Look of Silence focuses on the family’s youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to do something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: He confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of 50 years of silence.
From filmmaker Josh Oppenheimer:
“The Look of Silence, is, I hope, a poem about a silence borne of terror—a poem about the necessity of breaking that silence, but also about the trauma that comes when silence is broken. Maybe the film is a monument to silence—a reminder that although we want to move on, look away and think of other things, nothing will make whole what has been broken.”
Through a partnership with OVEE, an online cinematic social visual experience created by ITVS, we’ll screen the trailer, watch several clips, and conduct an interview with Oppenheimer and Director of Social Impact Media Rebecca Lichtenfeld from the Bertha Foundation, a principal funder of the film. Rebecca will join us on the live chat to answer your questions. We hope you’ll join us for this thought-provoking online event and participate in our live conversation. If you haven’t seen the film, watch it free on pbs.org/pov through July 11.
Documenting Impact is a series that features in-depth conversations with filmmakers about the most pressing social issues of our time. Previous installments included Girl Rising, Who is Dayani Cristal?, Chasing Ice and When I Walk.