Mardi 20 mars 2018, 18:30 - 21:00

The Look of Silence

Cine@IHEID - Festival Histoire et Cité

With the University of Geneva

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

Through Joshua Oppenheimer's work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who killed him. The youngest brother is determined to break the spell of silence and fear under which the survivors live, and so confronts the men responsible for his brother's murder - something unimaginable in a country where killers remain in power.

The Look of Silence (2014, 103 minutes, English subtitles) will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Patricia Spyer, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • John Austin, Lead Researcher of the VIPRE Initiative, Centre on Conflict Development and Peacebuilding, The Graduate Institute, Geneva


  • Riccardo Bocco, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Entry is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Organised in partnership with the Maison de l'histoire of the University of Geneva, as part of the Festival Histoire et Cité.

This event is also part of a trilogy, “Paroles de Bourreau”, organised by the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva following the recent publication of the collective volume, directed by Sévane Garibian of UNIGE, La mort du bourreau. Réflexions interdisciplinaires sur le cadavre des criminels de masse (Ed. Pétra) and which raises the question of the “afterlife” of perpetrators of genocide or crimes against humanity, and of war criminals.

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"Masterpiece" "The Look of Silence is a painful, profoundly empathetic work of moral reckoning." – The New York Times