Joshua Oppenheimer


Joshua Oppenheimer was born on September 23, 1974 in Texas, USA. He is a director and producer, known for The Act of Killing (2012), The Look of Silence (2014) and The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998).

Oppenheimer is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award

Director Joshua Oppenheimer spent 12 years in Indonesia and returned with two singularly powerful documentaries. The first, The Act of Killing, was an Academy Award-nominee for Best Documentary, profiling the perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide as they reenact their gruesome crimes without a trace of guilt or sorrow. Oppenheimer’s companion film, The Look of Silence, follows Adi Rukun, an optometrist in Indonesia and brother to Ramli Rukun, who was murdered in 1965 and is well-known for being killed in clear view of multiple witnesses.