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Lessons of Darkness


Dir. Werner Herzog. 1992. 50 mins. 35mm. In the wake of the first Gulf War, the deserts of Kuwait were left on fire. Who better to wander that scorched, near sci-fi landscape of torched oil fields than fearless filmmaker Werner Herzog? Shooting in 16mm with an eye ever-towards the hallucinatory and apocalyptic, Lessons of Darkness is one of his most otherworldly and covertly political documentaries. Shown with La Soufrière (Dir. Werner Herzog, 1977, 30 mins. 16mm.), a hauntingly sublime film made on an island in the Caribbean that has been evacuated because of an impending volcano explosion. Herzog finds three men who stubbornly remain.

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