Thursday, October 20, 2011

Master takes
Yousuf Saeed on Film
We all enjoy those Antarctica programmes with penguins and floating icebergs on television. But do they evoke anything other than awe? I couldn’t imagine such an unusually poetic film experience being created out of Antarctica as in Encounters at the End of the World, a documentary by Werner Herzog that showcases the frozen continent from the eyes of a few scientists who “could not fit anywhere on the globe and naturally fell down” into South Pole. What adds to the film’s idiosyncrasy is the dry humour and a very German accent of the director’s voiceover.