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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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