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Maynooth Film for All: Encounters at the end of the World

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MAYNOOTH FILM FOR ALL Encounters at the end of the world
Screening: Encounters at the end of the World
When: Wednesday 9th December 2009
Where: JHL2 John Hume Building, North Campus, NUI Maynooth
Time: 7.45pm


Maynooth Film for All: Film Club will screen “Encounters at the End of the World” on Wednesday 9th December at 8.00pm in JHL2 NUI Maynooth. The McMurdo Research Station in inhospitable Antarctica seems a magnet for the dreamers and eccentrics who are director Werner Herzog’s kind of people. In this witty, wise documentary he does double duty as director and quizzical on–screen guide.
Herzog travels to Antarctica accompanied only by his cameraman and is given unprecedented access to the hidden society of one thousand men and women living there and risking their lives and sanity to conduct cutting-edge scientific research.
Starting from McMurdo Station which reminds him of “an ugly mining town”, Herzog travels between the main scientific bases narrating his thoughts in a dry sarcastic style. The documentary displays Antarctica’s stark beauty on land as well as the mysterious creatures and ice structures underwater. But, equally, tries to examine the people working there, their dreams and why they’re currently working at the ultimate destination for wanderers seeking solitude far from the madding crowd.
Herzog interviews several people including the driver of ‘Ivan the Terra Bus’ - a former banker/US Peace Corp volunteer and a bobcat driver who was previously a philosopher. These people are professional dreamers who have found their ideal place to live amongst a workforce of PhD’s who wash dishes and linguists on a continent without an indigenous language
Movies are screened in JHL2 lecture hall in the John Hume building, North Campus, NUIM. The programme starts at 7.45pm with an introduction from Dr Denis Condon NUIM. The featured film then begins at 8.00pm.

Membership to Maynooth Film for All: Film Club is open to all over 18yrs. and costs €25.00 for the rest of the season. There is no joining fee for students just pay per view of €2.00 per night. Membership and subscriptions available on the night or drop into Maynooth Community Library, Tel: 01 6285530. For full programme details click here

Maynooth Film for All: Film Club is supported by Kildare County Council Library & Arts Service and The School of English, Media and Theatre Studies NUIM.

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