Kenyon College

Human Rights Film Series: The Look of Silence

February 4, 2016 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Human Rights Film Series

About the series:

Inspired by the Human Rights Watch Film Festival held at Lincoln Center each year, this annual  Gund Gallery series is organized by an interdisciplinary curatorial team of faculty from all  divisions of the college, museum staff and students who have selected four films to screen and  discuss. 


The Look of Silence

Thursday, February 4, 7:00PM

Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary 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: 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 fifty years of silence.

Assistant professor of political science Michelle Mood, Henry Luce associate professor of Asian music and culture Maria Mendonca, and associate professor of anthropology Sam Pack will lead a discussion after the screening.

Screening Dates

Tuesday, January 26: Burden of Peace

Thursday, February 4: The Look of Silence

Tuesday, February 9: 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets

Thursday, February 18: (T)ERROR


All films are free and open to the public.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.