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Land of Silence and Darkness U rating

Werner Herzog’s profound and deeply moving documentary about the experiences of a community of deaf-blind people.

Documentary 1971 85 mins

Director: Werner Herzog


In one of Werner Herzog’s most significant films, which established him as a director of incisive documentaries as well distinctive narrative films, the German filmmaker follows the experiences of a community of deaf-blind people, and in particular the remarkable character of Fini Straubinger.

As the film charts the group’s various explorations of sensations that they can enjoy, from the joys of food to riding in airplanes, what emerges is much more than just a fascinating documentary about the deaf-blind, and nothing less than a powerful statement about the human condition.