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410 Ratings

Where the Green Ants Dream

Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen

Directed by Werner Herzog
Australia, West Germany, 1984


The Ayers Mining Company is conducting research for uranium extraction in Aborigine lands. The Aborigines resist, as constant explosions could destroy a place they consider sacred because, according to their mythology, it is where the green ants dream of the creation of the world.

Our take

This hidden nugget from Werner Herzog’s globetrotting filmography—his first feature in English, based on a real-life case and shot Down Under—is a deceptively simple courtroom drama laced with complex ideas, as universal human absurdity faces off against the cosmic.

Where the Green Ants Dream Directed by Werner Herzog

Critics reviews

The film’s comic potential is twisted into object lessons on the horrific absurdity of existence. The resulting film, despite a profusion of farcical elements, is as dry and arid as the Outback landscape it so marvelously captures. Perhaps the first Herzog movie that’s less about learning than declaring, it signals a significant shift in the director’s career, transitioning from a feverish contemplation of universal mysteries to didactic admonishment about preservation and protection.
July 30, 2015
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