Where the Green Ants Dream

Director: Werner Herzog
West Germany / 1984 / 100 min

Last streamed on Sat, Jul 17

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For his follow-up to Fitzcarraldo, Herzog went from jungles of the Peruvian Amazon to the barren, immensely cinematic flatlands of the southern Australian Outback. A geologist (Bruce Spence) based there leads an operation for a mining company, blasting the desert ground in search of uranium. But he finds himself going head-to-head with the Aboriginals whose ancestors have been frequenting the area for 40,000 years, and who believe that any disturbance to the place where “the green ants dream” will result in doom (a myth created by Herzog)—and they refuse to give up their sacred land with a fight. A captivating treatise on white privilege and the clash of technology vs. nature that’s part legal drama, part human allegory imbued with unexpected moments of humor, and pure Herzog. Restoration courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.