Where the Green Ants Dream

  • Dir: Werner Herzog

  • West Germany, 1984, English, 100min, DCP

In the godforsaken stretch of Australian Outback, the Aborigines believe it’s where the green ants go to dream. To prevent a mining company from destroying their sacred sites, they stage a sit-down strike. Failed in court, the Aborigines take off in an airplane, flying in oblivion. Nothing in the narrative is based on anthropological fact, yet there is a Herzogian’s “reality” in this odd film – an elliptical, mystically infused tale of a confrontation between ancient spirituality and modern civilization, with a deep respect to the people who struggle to keep their visions alive.

1984 Cannes Film Festival, In Competition
1984 German Film Awards, Outstanding Feature Film and Best Cinematography



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