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The Green Life: Movie Review Friday: Where The Green Ants Dream

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December 12, 2008

Movie Review Friday: Where The Green Ants Dream

Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Review Friday selections. Each week, we review a film with an environmental or socially responsible theme that’s currently in theaters or available on DVD. Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a review of 100 or fewer words and look for your review in the next Movie Review Friday.


Where the Green Ants Dream (1985)
Available on DVD.


You may be familiar with award-winning writer-director Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and still not have come across Where the Green Ants Dream. Even many in Australia, where the film unfolds, don’t know about this German-language masterpiece.

In it, Herzog does an admirable job of juxtaposing an aboriginal culture’s lifestyle and beliefs with the fact that their holiest place, "where the green ants dream," is threatened by a mining company’s plans to extract uranium.

A revolt starts when tribal members feel that they must protect their holy grounds – or else, their civilization, and the earth itself, will perish because of a culture that seems to want everything but understands nothing. The strikingly beautiful images of the stark Australian landscape add to the genius of this must-see film.

--Judy Hall Jacobson

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