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To the Ends of the Earth

Journey across the planet’s most challenging terrain in this ode to exploration and endurance.

Our Subscription collection expands on the films in the related Free collection by showcasing some of the astonishing feature-length works from the pinnacle of exploration on film; including the stunning BFI National Archive restorations, The Great White Silence and The Epic of Everest.

We also include works from those notorious adventurer-filmmakers, Werner Herzog and Barbet Schroeder; while the indigenous story is captured in Ciro Guerra's remarkable Embrace of the Serpent.

The contribution of Black and Indigenous peoples to the history of exploration remains a largely untold story; yet drama and documentary continue to draw inspiration from those who travel to the ends of the Earth – and the lessons to be learned from what they find there.

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Embrace of the SerpentEmbrace of the Serpent

Action and Adventure2015124 minsDirector: Ciro Guerra

The spirit of Werner Herzog and Apocalypse Now imbue this majestic Oscar-nominated odyssey through the heart of the Amazon.

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Aguirre - Wrath of GodAguirre - Wrath of God

Historical drama197294 minsDirector: Werner Herzog

This early masterpiece from Werner Herzog stars Klaus Kinski as a power-crazed explorer in sixteenth-century South America who leads a band of conquistadors through the Amazon in search of El Dorado.

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FitzcarraldoFitzcarraldo

Historical drama1981157 minsDirector: Werner Herzog

One of Werner Herzog's most acclaimed and audacious films, Fitzcarraldo tells the incredible story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an opera-loving fortune hunter who dreams of bringing opera to the heart of the Peruvian jungle.

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The Epic of EverestThe Epic of Everest

Non-Fiction192487 minsDirector: J.B.L. Noel

Premiere. A breathtaking and poignant account of the valiant 1924 British assault on the awe-inspiring peak, beautifully restored by the BFI.

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The Great White SilenceThe Great White Silence

Documentary1924107 minsSilentDirector: Herbert G. Ponting

The BFI Archive's restoration of Herbert Ponting's official film record of Captain Scott's tragic expedition to the South Pole, with a new score by Simon Fisher Turner.

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Letters from BaghdadLetters from Baghdad

Documentary201691 minsDirector: Sabine Krayenbühl

Tilda Swinton narrates the extraordinary journey of Gertrude Bell, a singular woman who played a significant – often unrecognised – role in British imperial policy making in Iraq.

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The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)

Drama1972105 minsDirector: Barbet Schroeder

Different worlds collide when a chic young diplomat's wife meets an intriguing adventurer and his hippy friends in Barbet Schroeder's striking second feature.

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Further BeyondFurther Beyond

Documentary201688 minsDirector: Christine Molloy

Desperate Optimists' deliriously deconstructed biopic of the extraordinary Ambrosio O'Higgins, who left Ireland to become the captain general of Chile in the Spanish Empire.

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