In Focus: Land of Silence and Darkness
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.
Filmmakers tend to use representations of disability to their own ends, and Herzog is no different; he approaches the experience of being deaf and blind as part of his poetic quest into the extraordinary. And yet, if this is a film filled with awe, it is also made with a great deal of respect. The results of Herzog’s documentary on the world of those who are both deaf and blind completely defeat one’s expectations, for the film is neither morbidly depressing nor heartwarmingly uplifting. As Anitra Earle wrote, “It is, rather, a testament from another plane of existence.”