Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Encounters at the End of the World
This is Werner Herzog's documentary 'Encounters at the End of the World'. It's about Antarctica and the people that live and work there. Herzog says it's not another penguin film. And it's true: it is the most beautiful film that changes the way you see humans, as well as having the most amazing sequences of underwater filming. There are philosophers in Antarctica that drive forklift trucks, linguists on a continent with no languages, a plumber who keeps a bag packed with raft, sleeping bag, tent, everything he needs to leave at anytime. There are scientists who celebrate finding three new species under the ice with an electric guitar concert of the roof of their lab. I don't want to give away anything else that might impair your wonder on seeing this film.
You really, really, should watch it. It's all on youtube. (Or, I watched it on More4 last night so it might be on 4OD). But if you don't watch the whole thing, at least see this excerpt from an underwater dive. It starts at around 3.30 in the link above. One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.