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Nationality  American
Role  Film director
Occupation  Film director
Education  Harvard University

Years active  1995–present
Residence  Copenhagen, Denmark
Name  Joshua Oppenheimer
Nominations  Golden Lion

Born  September 23, 1974 (age 41) (1974-09-23) Austin, Texas, United States
Alma mater  Harvard University University of the Arts London
Notable work  The Act of Killing The Look of Silence
Movies  The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence, These Places We’ve Learned to Call Home
Awards  Robert Award for Best Documentary Feature
Similar People  Christine Cynn, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Joram ten Brink

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Joshua Lincoln Oppenheimer (born September 23, 1974) is an American-born British film director based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Best known for his Oscar-nominated films The Act of Killing (2012) and The Look of Silence (2014), Oppenheimer is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award and a 1997 Marshall Scholar.


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Life and career

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Oppenheimer was born to a Jewish family in Austin, Texas, and grew up in and around Washington, D.C. and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Oppenheimer received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) summa cum laude in film-making from Harvard University and a PhD from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, while studying on a Marshall Scholarship. He is a professor of film at the University of Westminster.

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His first film The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1997) won a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival (1998).

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From 2004 to 2012, he produced a series of films in Indonesia. His debut feature film about the individuals who participated in the Indonesian killings of 1965–66, The Act of Killing (2012), premiered at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival. It went on to win many prizes world-wide, including the European Film Award for Best Documentary, a Panorama Audience Award, and a Prize of the Ecumenical Jury from the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The film also received the Robert Award by the Film Academy of Denmark, a Bodil Award by Denmark's National Association of Film Critics, and the Aung San Suu Kyi Award at the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival 2013

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Oppenheimer appeared on The Daily Show on August 13, 2013 to talk about The Act of Killing.

The Act of Killing won the BAFTA for Best Documentary, European Film Award for Best Documentary, the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Documentary, and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.

Oppenheimer's next film, The Look of Silence (2014) is a companion piece to The Act of Killing. It was screened in competition at the 71st Venice International Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize, the International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI), the Italian online critics award (Mouse d'Oro), the European Film Critics Award (F.E.D.E.O.R.A.) for the Best Film of Venezia 71, as well as the Human Rights Nights Award. Since then, it has gone on to win a further 70 international awards (as of March 2016).

In a 2015 interview with The New York Times, Oppenheimer stated that the West shares "a great deal" of responsibility for the mass killings in Indonesia, noting in particular that "the United States provided the special radio system so the Army could coordinate the killings over the vast archipelago. A man named Bob Martens, who worked at the United States Embassy in Jakarta, was compiling lists of thousands of names of Indonesian public figures who might be opposed to the new regime and handed these lists over to the Indonesian government." In 2014, after a screening of The Act of Killing for US Congress members, Oppenheimer called on the US to acknowledge its role in the killings.

In July 2016 he was named as a member of the main competition jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

Personal life

Oppenheimer is openly gay and lives with his partner Shu in Copenhagen, Denmark.


  • Hugh (short, 1995)
  • These Places We've Learned to Call Home (short, 1996)
  • The Challenge of Manufacturing (short, 1997)
  • The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (short, 1997)
  • The Globalisation Tapes (2003) (producer - a collaboration between the Independent Plantation Workers' Union of Sumatra, the International Union of Food and Agricultural Workers (IUF), and Vision Machine (Christine Cynn, Joshua Oppenheimer, Michael Uwemedimo, Andrea Luka Zimmerman))
  • A Brief History of Paradise as Told by the Cockroaches (short, 2003)
  • Market Update (short, 2003)
  • Postcard from Sun City, Arizona (short, 2004)
  • Muzak: a tool of management (short, 2004)
  • Show of Force (installation, 2007)
  • The Act of Killing (2012)
  • The Look of Silence (2014)
  • Books

  • Acting on AIDS: Sex, Drugs & Politics (Acting on AIDS). London & New York: Serpent's Tail, 1997, ISBN 1-85242-553-9, ISBN 978-1-85242-553-1. (With Helena Reckitt, co-editor.)
  • Going through the motions and becoming other. (With Michael Uwemedimo, co-author). In: Chanan, Michael, (ed.) Visible evidence. Wallflower Press, 2007. London, UK. (In Press)
  • History and Histrionics: Vision Machine's Digital Poetics. (With Michael Uwemedimo, co-author). In: Marchessault, Janine and Lord, Susan, (eds.) Fluid screens, expanded cinema. University of Toronto Press, 2007, Toronto, Canada, pp. 167–183. ISBN 978-0-8020-9297-7.
  • Show of force: a cinema-séance of power and violence in Sumatra's plantation belt. (With Michael Uwemedimo, co-author). In Critical Quarterly, Volume 51, No 1, April 2009, pp. 84–110. Edited by: Colin MacCabe. Blackwell Publishing, 2009. ISSN 0011-1562.
  • Killer Images: Documentary Film, Memory and the Performance of Violence. (With Joram Ten Brink, co-author). Columbia University Press (Feb 28, 2013), ISBN 0231163347, ISBN 978-0231163347
  • References

    Joshua Oppenheimer Wikipedia

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