Berlin: Joshua Oppenheimer's 'The Look of Silence' Wins Peace Film Prize
The director's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated 'The Act of Killing' focuses on the survivors of Indonesia's genocide.
Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence has won the Peace Film Prize, one of the independent awards focusing on political issues handed out at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
Oppenheimer's documentary, the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing, focuses on the survivors of Indonesia's genocide.
Another politically-tinged documentary, the Afghanistan-set Tell Spring Not to Come This Year picked up the inaugural Amnesty International Film Prize in Berlin this year, handed out by the human rights organization. The film, from co-directors Saeed Taji Farouky and Michael McEvoy, looks at the Afghan National Army's attempt to push back Taliban insurgents.
Finally, the Cinema for Peace prize for "most valuable movie of the year," which is presented at a charity gala during the Berlin festival, was awarded for the first time to a trio of films, with Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King biopic Selma, Angelina Jolie's war drama Unbroken and Abderrahmane Sissako's Oscar-nominated Timbuktu all sharing the event's top prize.