JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER'S DOCUMENTARY 'THE LOOK OF SILENCE' WILL HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE IN THE COMPETITION AT THE 71ST VENICE FILM FESTIVAL / by Mauricio Gonzalez-Aranda

The Look of Silence, a companion piece to his Oscar-nominated film, The Act of Killing, has been selected for this year's Venice Film Festival, where it will have its world premiere.

Produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen at Final Cut For Real, Joshua Oppenheimer's new opus depicts the genocide in Indonesia in the mid-1960s -- this time from the perspective of the victims. 

The Look of Silence follows a family who discover the perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide that murdered their son, accusing him of being a communist. 

Their youngest son, now an adult, vows to confront the people who took the life of his brother, asking how he can raise his children in a society where survivors are terrorised into silence. 

Oppenheimer describes the second act as "A lyrical elegy to this silence, but also a poem about breaking it and the trauma it represents."