Joshua Oppenheimer

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Joshua Oppenheimer
Joshua Oppenheimer at French cinema release.jpg
Joshua Oppenheimer at French cinema release
Born Joshua Lincoln Oppenheimer
(1974-09-23) September 23, 1974 (age 39)
Texas, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Film director

Joshua Lincoln Oppenheimer (born September 23, 1974) is an American film director based in Copenhagen, Denmark.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Oppenheimer was born in Austin, Texas, and grew up in and around Washington, DC, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Oppenheimer received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) summa cum laude in filmmaking from Harvard University. And a Ph.D. from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, while studying on a Marshall Scholarship.

His first film The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1997) won a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival (1998)[3]

From 2004 to 2012, he produced a series of films in Indonesia. His debut feature film, The Act of Killing (2012), premiered at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival. Since then it has won 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.[4] The film also received the Robert Award by the Film Academy of Denmark, a Bodil Award by Denmark's National Association of Film Critics.,[5] and the Aung San Suu Kyi Award at Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival 2013 [6]

Oppenheimer appeared on The Daily Show on August 13, 2013 to talk about The Act of Killing.[7]

The Act of Killing was nominated for an Oscar, the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.[8]


  • Hugh (1995)
  • These Places We've Learned to Call Home (1996)
  • The Challenge of Manufacturing (1997)
  • The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1997)
  • The Globalisation Tapes (2003) (With Christine Cynn, co-director)
  • A Brief History of Paradise as Told by the Cockroaches (2003)
  • Market Update (2003)
  • Postcard from Sun City, Arizona (2004)
  • Muzak: a tool of management (2004)
  • Show of Force (2007)
  • Several Consequences of the Decline of Industry in the Industrialised World (2008)
  • The Act of Killing (2012)
  • The Look of Silence (2014)


  • 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.


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