Land of Silence and Darkness

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A stunning documentary about 56-year-old Fini, blind and deaf since her late teens. After 30 years of being confined to her bed by her mother, she fought to overcome her immense isolation by helping others similarly afflicted. While some of these tragically incommunicable individuals make for painful viewing, Herzog also demonstrates the humour and joys of a day at the zoo, or of a first plane flight, where touch and togetherness in suffering offer the sole but undeniable reason for living. The courage on view is astounding, and Herzog's treatment is never voyeuristic or sentimental, but sensuous and overwhelmingly moving.

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Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Joseph Riedneier
Else Fährer
Rolf Illig
Mr Mittermeier
Ursula Riedneier
Miss Juliet
Fini Straubinger
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