Born 1974, Texas, USA. Joshua Oppenheimer has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. Educated at Harvard and Central St Martins, London, his award-winning films include The Globalization Tapes (2003, co-directed with Christine Cynn), The Entire History of The Louisiana Purchase (1998, Gold Hugo, Chicago Film Festival), These Places We’ve Learned to Call Home (1996, Gold Spire, San Francisco Film Festival) and numerous shorts. Oppenheimer is Senior Researcher on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Genocide and Genre project and has published widely on these themes.

His debut feature film The Act of Killing was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award® for Best Documentary, and has been released theatrically in 31 countries. The film was also named Film of the Year in the 2013 Sight & Sound Film Poll and won 72 international awards, including the European Film Award 2013, BAFTA 2014, Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013, Berlinale Audience Award 2013, and Guardian Film Award 2014 for Best Film.
Oppenheimer is a partner at Final Cut for Real in Denmark and Artistic Director of the International Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film at the University of Westminster in London.

Accolades

Signe Byrge Sørensen and Anonymous Indonesians and Kaarle Aho and Torstein Grude and Bjarte Mørner Tveit and Joshua Oppenheimer
Best Documentary Feature Film, 2015

The Look of Silence (Senyap)

Best Documentary Feature Film, 2015

The Look of Silence (Senyap)

The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s and the anonymous Indonesian directors and producers powerful companion piece to The Act of Killing. Via their footage of interviews…

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Signe Byrge Sørensen and Joram Ten Brink and Christine Cynn and Anne Köhncke and Joshua Oppenheimer and Michael Uwemedimo and Anonymous Indonesians and Torstein Grude and Bjarte Mørner Tveit
Best Documentary Feature Film, 2013

The Act of Killing

Best Documentary Feature Film, 2013

The Act of Killing

Winner, Best Documentary Feature Film, 2013 Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster…

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Films

The Act of Killing
2013

The Act of Killing

Norway, United Kingdom, Denmark
2013

The Act of Killing

Winner, Best Documentary Feature Film, 2013 Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster…

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The Look of Silence
2014

The Look of Silence (Senyap)

Indonesia, Finland, Denmark, United Kingdom, Norway
2014

The Look of Silence (Senyap)

The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s and the anonymous Indonesian directors and producers powerful companion piece to The Act of Killing. Via their footage…

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