The United States provided aid, weapons and money to the Indonesian military so that they could carry out this genocide… This is how Suharto came to power. And that aid started flowing while the rivers were still choked with bodies.
—  Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the new documentary “The Look of Silence” about the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Watch his interview on Democracy Now! today.

Today Democracy Now! looks at the pursuit of one Indonesian man confronting his brother’s killers. In 1965, Adi Rukun’s older brother was killed by the Komando Aksi, a paramilitary organization in Aceh during the U.S.-backed Indonesian genocide. Rukun’s pursuit is the focus on Joshua Oppenheimer’s new documentary, “The Look of Silence.”

Watch our 45-minute interview with Oppenheimer at

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