Monday, 3 November 2014

Werner Herzog Documentaries

Two of my favourite & most entertaining Werner Herzog documentaries: Wheel of Time, a 2003 portrait of Tibetan Buddhism; and the 1989 Woodabe: Herdsmen of the Sun, about the customs of the nomadic Woodabe African Sahara/ Sahel community. Although these films may be considered to be ethnographic, Herzog commented that: "[My films] are anthropological only in as much as they try to explore the human condition at this particular time on this planet. I do not make films using images only of clouds and trees, I work with human beings because the way they function in different cultural groups interests me. If that makes me an anthropologist then so be it."

By North Utsire

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