Off the map

September 28, 2009

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I recently watched Werner Herzog´s documentary Encounters at the End of the World. Being a fan of documentaries anyway I have to say this is one of the best I´ve seen so far. Not only does it have amazing footage of strange underwater scenarios and creatures, as well as the obvious but ever so cute penguins and seals, it also shows what kind of people choose to live and work in an environment that is possibly the furthest and strangest you can go as a traveler and explorer.

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And there are many. A native Indian who believes that he is a descendant of the royal inka family, which he proves by his too short fingers. A Russian refugee who always has a back bag packed with a tent, a sleeping bag, cooking equipment and a rubber boat, so he can leave anytime. A linguist who claims that he had to destroy his PhD thesis, because of black and white magic he discovered within a language. An arctic sea aquanaut who is a science fiction enthusiast. And many more. What binds them all is their striving for exotic places and challenging environments as well as the stories they have to tell.

All of them are somehow weird, yet extremely interesting, intelligent and fascinating. They make this documentary more than just a beautiful nature film – as the subtitle puts it Off the map, things get strange.

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