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Encounters at the End of the World
Welcome to Antarctica - like you've never experienced it. You've seen the extraordinary marine life, the retreating glaciers and, of course, the penguins, but iconoclastic filmmaker Werner Herzog is the first to explore the South Pole's most fascinating inhabitants . . . humans. Herzog turns his camera on a group of remarkable individuals, including amazing scientists, who work, play, and struggle to survive in a harsh landscape of mesmerizing, otherworldly beauty.
Through its Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, the National Science Foundation sends artists like filmmaker Werner Herzog and former Utah State Poet Laureate Katharine Coles to Antarctic science stations, where they make art. In putting artists and scientists together in such an extreme place to do their work, the program raises questions about what the different disciplines do, how they do it, and what if anything their practitioners may have in common--themes raised both in Herzog's film and in Coles' poems. Join us after the film for a discussion with Coles about her experience and a poem or two from her Antarctica project.
Nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars in 2009
Won National Board of Review Award for one of Top Five Documentaries in 2008
Science Movie Night is presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah in partnership with the Utah Film Center.
We thank the Salt Lake City Public Library, our presenting sponsor.
This event is free and open to the public.