Friday, April 29, 2016

Herdsmen of the Sun A.K.A. Wodaabe - Die Hirten der Sonne (1989)

A West German documentary directed by Werner Herzog.
The lives of an African tribe called the Wodaabe are shown. Their general activities and some refugees of drought stuck in a city are shown, but the main focus is on a large gathering with rituals and dancing.
This was very unique. That's mainly what it takes to impress me. From the first shot of the men's faces I could tell that it would not be boring to watch. Herzog includes lots of interviews with various people, usually through a translator with voiceovers and subtitles added later. The video was the most varied, showing the extremes of trash pickers in the city to vibrant costumes of the dancers. At only about 50 minutes, anyone should have time to watch this. Overall, my favorite Herzog documentary. I rate this awesome. WATCH IT!!!

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