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“Look of Silence” subject to receive True Life Fund

Joshua Oppenheimer's Act of Killing follow-up The Look of Silence (pictured) has been awarded the True/False Film Festival's True Life Fund, which offers financial support to the subjects of a selected documentary.
January 19, 2015

Joshua Oppenheimer’s Act of Killing follow-up The Look of Silence (pictured) has been awarded the True/False Film Festival’s True Life Fund, which offers financial support to the subjects of a selected documentary.

This year’s recipient of the fund – which is distributed in appreciation of a subject’s choice to share their story with audiences – is The Look of Silence’s Adi Rukun, who in the doc speaks out against the Indonesian genocide and the crimes committed against his family between 1965 and 1966.

Rukun and his family were ultimately forced to relocate in order to avoid backlash, and funds raised will aim to ease the relocation process. The organization hopes to raise US$20,000 for the family – an amount comprised of numerous small gifts that are matched through a grant from philanthropic organization The Bertha Foundation.

“His steady, calm confronting of men responsible for the death of his brother stands as an exemplary display of bravery,” said festival organizers in a statement.

The Look of Silence is the ninth film to be awarded the True Life Fund. The 2014 recipient was Cynthia Hill’s Private Violence, with funds divided between domestic violence survivor Deanna Walters and advocate Kit Gruelle.

The Look of Silence and The Act of Killing are to both screen at the True/False Film Festival, which runs from March 5-8 in Columbia, Missouri.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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