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Where the Green Ants Dream
July 15, 2023 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Feature Documentary/1989/Germany/100min /Directed by Werner Herzog
A special screening of Werner Herzog’s 1984 feature film, written by Herzog and Bob Ellis, Where the Green Ants Dream is a visually stunning work that focuses on a dispute between a mining company and the local indigenous community whose land is under threat.
Inspired in part by the director’s first experience of Australia when he came to Perth as a guest of the Film Festival in 1973.
While the film draws on the first native title and land rights case from 1971, the work is fictional, and watching it is an invitation into Herzog’s world and vision of the Australian outback. With a cast that includes Bruce Spence and Wandjuk Marika, who also composed the score, Where the Green Ants Dream makes for fascinating viewing. The film won awards for Outstanding Feature Film and Best Cinematographer at the 1984 German Film Awards, and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes,
For those interested in Herzog, check out Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer, screening at the Luna and SX.