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Joshua Oppenheimer Podcasts

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17 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Joshua Oppenheimer. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Joshua Oppenheimer, often where they are interviewed.

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17 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Joshua Oppenheimer. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Joshua Oppenheimer, often where they are interviewed.

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How much should we care? With Patti Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joshua Oppenheimer, Farhana Yamin, Julia Samuels and Wade Davis

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In this final season episode of Who Cares Wins, Lily explores the overwhelm and grief that can come with climate action. But conversely, if we truly understand the destruction that is taking place, why do we continue with business as usual? Are many of us living in denial? We hear from poet-songwriter Patti Smith about what she learned from the Dalai Lama. Writer Jonathan Safran Foer discusses the emphatic leap required; and film-maker Joshua Oppenheimer shares what he learnt about cognitive dissonance when filming The Act of Killing, and the stories we tell ourselves to justify our actions. Lily also speaks with climate activist and lawmaker Farhana Yamin about her journey to and through eco-grief, and psychologist Julia Samuels discusses her clinical experience of eco-grief and anxiety, and tools we might use to lesson overwhelm. Finally, Wade Davis offers wisdom from Tibet.

You can find out more about Farhana Yamin and Jonathan Safran Foer, as well as many of the themes explored in this episode, in Lily’s book, Who Cares Wins, which is out now in hardback, ebook and audiobook.

Audible: https://bit.ly/3jwS8UH

Waterstones: https://bit.ly/30OsUtr

Apple: https://apple.co/2XT7TvM

With thanks to the How to Academy for allowing us the use of the interview with Jonathan Safran Foer. How to Academy have their own weekly podcast featuring some of the world's leading thinkers - available to stream from How To Academy dot com or wherever you get your podcasts.


And thanks to Yeti Television for allowing us the use of the interview with Patti Smith, as well as to Liz Friend, the Producer and Director of the interview.

Please find a reading list and more information from our featured guests:

Jonathan Safran Foer: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/310/310101/we-are-the-weather/9780241984918.html

Joshua Oppenheimer: https://shop.bfi.org.uk/joshua-oppenheimer-12-early-works.html

Julia Samuels: https://www.waterstones.com/book/this-too-shall-pass/julia-samuel/9780241348864

Wade Davis: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/covid-19-end-of-american-era-wade-davis-1038206/

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Nov 26 2020 · 1hr 6mins
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The Act of Killing (2012) - Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

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This week on the podcast Ryan and Ty cover their first documentary, The Act of Killing. This heavy film brings up topics of the media's role in perception, empathy of killers, and who writes the rules of history. Join us as we dig into this film on what humans are capable of, and how they can be treated after perpetrated heinous acts. Contact us at rollitpodcast@gmail.com or follow us!   

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Dec 09 2019 · 1hr

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Heartland Podcast: Olafur Eliasson & Joshua Oppenheimer

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The seventh TALK in Heartland Podcast is a live conversation that took place at Heartland in 2017. It's called On Art and Responsibility.

The conversation is between the renowed Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and the Academy Award nominated documentarist Joshua Oppenheimer.

The talk is about how art can raise awareness of political and cultural issues and whether or not this is the artists' responsibility.

The talk is moderated by Danish film director and consultant at the Danish Film Institute Mikkel Munch-Fals.

Feb 13 2018 · 47mins
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Murmur 71 : Joshua Oppenheimer "The Scarecrow's Dilemma"

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SUBJECT : INTELLIGENCE The two edges of "Intelligence" -- one, steeped in curiosity, humility, and understanding; the other, in fear, judgement, and power.  Which will you choose and how will you apply it?  Here, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer carves us a path; including the taxonomy of "genius", "master", "masterpiece"; and whether or not art can in fact increase one's "Intelligence".

Jan 12 2018 ·
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Joshua Oppenheimer: Why Filmmakers Shouldn't Chase Impact

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Welcome to the Cinema of Change podcast with Tobias Deml and Robert Rippberger. Cinema of Change is a magazine and community that challenges the conventions of film and its ability to effect change in the world.

Joshua Lincoln Oppenheimer was born in 1974 in Austin, Texas. He is a two-time Oscar-nominated American film director based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Oppenheimer has a Bachelor of Arts-degree summa cum laude in filmmaking from Harvard University and a PhD from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts in London.

Oppenheimer spent 12 years in Indonesia and returned with two internationally praised documentaries, The Act of Killing (2012) & The Look of Silence (2014), both challenged the documentary film form and shed new light on the minds behind The Indonesian Genocide of 1965-1966.

  • 01:30 How films can change both the world and the people in and behind them.
  • 02:20 - The true impact of films
  • 07:05 The psychology of perpetrators
  • 10:40 What screenwriters and narrative filmmakers can learn about real villains
  • 12:20 Advice to narrative filmmakers to have their films make more impact
  • 15:15 Protecting the artist from his/her impact
  • 19:00 On film criticism and understanding how a film works on an audience
  • 20:35 On motivation, risk-taking and finding your path

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Be the change that you want to see in the world. Then, turn it into cinema.

Sep 14 2016 · 23mins
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#3: Joshua Oppenheimer

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What would it be like if the Nazis were still in power after the holocaust? Towns all over Indonesia experience this every day. Adi Rukun, an Indonesian optometrist, sets out to confront the men responsible for murdering his brother - The Look of Silence tells his story. The film’s director, Joshua Oppenheimer talks about what happens when the perpetrators of a genocide go unpunished.

The Look of Silence is a companion piece to The Act of Killing - both films were nominated for Oscars. Oppenheimer visited Columbia Journalism School last year to show the film and to talk about it afterwards, as part of our Film Fridays documentary series.
Mar 29 2016 · 37mins
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Joshua Oppenheimer

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Please do catch this rare opportunity as I interview the man behind the Oscar nominated The Act of Killing and the soon to be released The Look of Silence.

Werner Herzog says, “I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade… It is unprecedented in the history of cinema.” Join me as Joshua and I talk about what art is all about, why we have a responsibility not to despair, how he is trying to address the “most urgent questions” and about why he is still hopeful.


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.

Filmography (Forthcoming)


Filmography (as Director)

SHOW OF FORCE (short, 2007)

THE GLOBALIZATION TAPES (documentary, co-directed with Christine Cynn, 2003)

LAND OF ENCHANTMENT (short, co-directed with Christine Cynn, 2001)

THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE (50 mins, 1997; Gold Hugo, Chicago Film Festival, 1998; Telluride Film Festival, 1997; Best Experimental Film, New England, 1998)

THESE PLACES WE’VE LEARNED TO CALL HOME (short, 1997; Gold Spire, San Francisco FilmFestival, 1997)

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Oct 16 2015 ·
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The Look of Silence: Q&A with director Joshua Oppenheimer

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In this multi-award winning companion piece to The Act of Killing, filmed before its release, Joshua Oppenheimer further explores the terrible legacy of the Indonesian genocide fifty years ago, this time through the lens of one family.

Adi was born in 1968, two years after his brother Ramli was slaughtered in front of many eyewitnesses. Now an optometrist, Adi lives with his elderly parents and his children. Not only does he live under the ongoing rule of his brother’s killers, but he must listen to his children regurgitate the propaganda that instigated the killing, and is still being perpetuated in schools.

Adi decides to confront some of the perpetrators of the genocide, who are surprised when his questions are more probing than Oppenheimer‘s. His breaking of the silence leads to some electrifying scenes, in a film where the beauty of the Indonesian landscape belies the bone-chilling horrors carried out there in the name of democracy.

Radically different to Oppenheimer’s previous film, The Look of Silence is equally shocking and keenly observed. Filmed in his characteristic visual style, the film bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.

“One of the greatest and most powerful documentaries ever made. A profound comment on the human condition.” – Errol Morris

“Profound, visionary, stunning.” – Werner Herzog
Sep 22 2015 · 46mins
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Joshua Oppenheimer Masterclass

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Joshua Oppenheimer's films include the BAFTA award-winning and Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing (2012), and the companion piece The Look of Silence (2014) - winner of the Grand Jury prize at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. He is the artistic director of the Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film at the University of Westminster and has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. In this in-depth masterclass, BBC1 Film Programme critic Danny Leigh, unpicks Joshua's methods and motivations and explore the meaning of his controversial and boundary-pushing films. 

Aug 21 2015 · 26mins
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Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence) Interview - Aaron Hawkins - Radio One 91fm

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Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence) Interview by Aaron Hawkins on Radio One 91fm Dunedin
Aug 06 2015 ·