In Focus: Encounters at the End of the World
Lecture & Screening
Michael Fox is a film critic and journalist for KQED’s Arts and Culture blog. He is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle and an inductee of SFFILM’s Essential SF. Fox has taught documentary classes in the OLLI programs at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University for some twenty years.
As Herzog himself intones, there are no “fluffy penguins” in his film on Antarctica; rather, it explores the dreams and ecstatic realities of the people that have chosen to live in a realm far beyond the ordinary. Geologists, zoologists, divers, divers/guitarists (experimental musician Henry Kaiser!), and others chime in about life at the world’s end, where human civilization is but a blip amidst nature’s awe-inspiring vastness. “A portrait of people in search of the sublime” (Jerry White, Cinema Scope), Encounters “has the quality of a dream: it’s at once vivid and vague, easy to grasp and somehow beyond reach” (Manohla Dargis).