LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS: FILM-MAKER WERNER HERZOG AND THE DEAF-BLIND

HERZOG'S LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS

Werner Herzog is the German film-maker whose notion of “ecstatic truth” has brought him, among other places, to the Peruvian rainforest (Aguirre, The Wrath of God), Death Row (Into the Abyss), Antarctica (Encounters at the End of the World), and the Alaskan wilderness (Grizzly Man). But to me his finest film is Land of Silence […]

HERDSMEN OF THE SUN: THE STRANGE MATING RITUAL OF THE SAHARAN WODAABE

Several years ago I attended a talk by Werner Herzog at UCLA. He showed clips from his films, one of which has haunted me ever since. From widipedia: “Wodaabe – Herdsmen of the Sun (German: Wodaabe – Die Hirten der Sonne) is a 1989 documentary film by Werner Herzog. The film explores the social rituals […]