The Land of Silence and Darkness

    • Werner Herzog
    • Germany
    • 1971
    • 85 min
    • Top 10
    At age nine, Fini Straubinger (now 56) fell down a flight of stairs, and over time first lost her sight and then her hearing. After spending many lonely bedridden years, she learned to communicate using the hand alphabet and regained her physical and mental strength. Now she helps other deaf-blind people, while also promoting understanding for this disability and how it causes a deep sense of isolation, particularly for those born that way. Werner Herzog accompanies Fini as she visits people with this condition, takes a trip to the zoo and travels by plane for the first time. The camera watches her with great patience and attention, and a voice-over occasionally gives a short explanation of what we're seeing. Slowly, we enter the world of this brave woman and her constant battle against sliding back into that fateful "land of silence and darkness."    

    Credits

    • 85 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: German
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Werner Herzog
    Production
    Werner Herzog for Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
    Cinematography
    Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
    Editing
    Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
    Sound
    Werner Herzog

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    2001
    Screened
    Top 10

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