Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit
Land of Silence and Darkness
(West Germany, 1971, 84 minutes)
56-year old Fini Straubinger, a blind and deaf woman who overcame her disabilities, travels through Bavaria looking to help others do the same. Sensitive, harrowing documentary on the plight of the handicapped in modern society, neither exploitative nor pamphleteering.
A Werner Herzog Filmproduktion presentation/production. Directed and written by Werner Herzog; director of photography (colour), Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein; film editor, Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus.