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The look of silence (2015)

– It is not for us to punish.

People patiently waiting for butterflies to hatch is a recurring visual cue in the companion piece to »The act of killing«, Joshua Oppenheimer’s much-lauded account of the inexplicably cruel and revolting anti-communist oppression in 1960s Indonesia. This time the young brother of one victim is conducting the interviews. Both perpetrators and survivors get their chance to speak up.

– You ask much deeper questions than Joshua.

A quest through the past – in vain, mostly – for truth, knowledge, remembrance, responsibility, guilt, remorse, apologies, and maybe some kind of retribution. What strikes me as most odd – and more than a little scary – are the inappropriate smiles and calm politeness in the midst of all emotional turmoil. This is a story of not seeing, or not wanting to see. Sad, enraging, depressive – not a very uplifting look at humanity, but definitely in my book.

– If we didn’t drink human blood, we’d go crazy.

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