When: Sept. 4-6, 7:30 p.m. 2015
Indonesia endured terrible internal strife in the 1960s. Following a military coup in 1965, the country's leader, President Sukarno, gradually bled power and was ultimately ousted by General Suharto in 1967. Indonesia's communists, plus any suspected communists, bore the brunt of the instability; an estimated 600,000 to 1 million citizens were killed by the republic's military and police. Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence (a companion to his earlier film about Indonesia's civil war, The Act of Killing) tracks a family of survivors of the purge. They learn how their son was murdered, then the identity of the men who killed him. The victim's brother, an optometrist, refuses to back down before the thugs: He confronts the death-squad leaders responsible for his brother's murder. This is riveting documentary cinema with no need of hokey acting, CGI or contrived plot bombs — drama and power accrue from the real human trauma the film records. The Look of Silence screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (September 4 through 6) at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/film-series). Tickets are $4 to $6.