Sunday, July 16, 2017

Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

Orion Classics
Directed by Werner Herzog
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Shout! Factory)

Australian Aborigines use non-violent methods to stop a mining company from destroying their sacred land. The company tries to appease them with money, but the Aborigines are only interested in a large military aircraft they spot while visiting the city. The company buys it and sends it to the Aborigines, but they still refuse to give permission for the mining. It ends up in court presided over by an unsympathetic judge. The usual Herzog culture-clash, with didgeridoos and classical western music alternating with scenes of desert beauty and bulldozers. The Aboriginal acting is stiff, to say the least, and Bruce Spence as the company engineer is not much better. Nonetheless, a powerful argument for Aboriginal rights and against unrestrained corporate greed.

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