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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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