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Burden of Dreams – Werner Herzog

Near the border between Russia and Mongolia, the nomadic Yulas tribe attempts to reach an altered state of consciousness by making strange, deep, frog-like croaks. Elderly people living by Lake Kitesh believe an enchanted city of angels exists beneath the frozen surface. In the dead of winter they ... Read more
Before Reinhold Messner's name inspired a Ben Folds Five album title he was known principally as a fearless, and possibly reckless, mountaineer who had lost a brother and six toes in his endeavours to conquer some of the largest peaks in the world. In this film Herzog captures Messner's attempts to ... Read more
A vivid account of Werner Herzog's meeting with Californian late-night television evangelist Dr Gene Scott. Scott fleeced fundamentalists to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars each year with his broadcasts. Extracts from these surreal preaching sessions alternate with interviews ... Read more
In one of his most well known documentaries Herzog contrasts the contestants in the 1976 Cattle Auctioning World Championships with the Amish community in which the event is held. The ironic connection here is the rampant capitalism of the auctioneers' trade when viewed alongside the simple ... Read more
Werner Herzog claims to have had a divine vision as a child, which may partially explain his fascination with mysticism and preachers. Huie's Sermon was shot in the US while Herzog was preparing to shoot Fitzcarraldo. embraced by many as a masterpiece that was the director's defining work. The Huie ... Read more
When vulcanologists predicted that La Soufriere would erupt, Werner Herzog rushed to the small Caribbean island of Guadelope to capture the explosion The population had already been evacuated from the danger zone and the centre of Basse-Terre had become an eerie ghost town where only the steady ... Read more
First screened to rapt audiences at MIFF 1993, Lessons Of Darkness is Herzog's meditation on the apocalyptic aftermath of the Guff War. Tragedy and beauty are blended in aerial photography that glides over the ruins of the battlefields of Kuwait. The oil fires that raged for months afterward, the ... Read more
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