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Joshua Oppenheimer

Joshua Oppenheimer


Born in 1974, USA, Joshua Oppenheimer is recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” (2015-2019), and has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. Oppenheimer’s debut feature-length film, The Act of Killing (2012, 159 min and 117 min), was named Film of the Year in the 2013 Sight and Sound Film Poll and won 72 international awards, including the European Film Award 2013, BAFTA 2014, Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013, Berlinale Panorama Audience Award 2013, and Guardian Film Award 2014 for Best Film. It was nominated for the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary, and has been released theatrically in 31 countries. His second film, The Look of Silence (2014, 99 min), premiered in competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, where it won five awards, including the Grand Jury Prize, the international critics award (FIPRESCI Prize) and the European film critics’ award (FEDEORA Prize). Since then, The Look of Silence received the prestigious Danish Arts Council Award, and played at Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival (Cinephile Prize for Best World Documentary), and the Copenhagen Documentary Festival (Grand Prize)