Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a 2010 3D documentary film by Werner Herzog, about the Chauvet Cave, a cavern in southern France that contains the oldest human-painted images yet discovered, some as old as 32,000 years. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and consists of footage filmed inside the cave as well as interviews with various scientists and historians. The film also includes footage of the nearby Pont d’Arc natural bridge. Herzog is considered to be one of the most important film director alive. *
Herzog on the Cave of Forgotten Dreams
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The Cave of Forgotten Dreams is in the List Muse 100 Best Documentaries of All Time.
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The Holocene period, which begins around 13 000 years ago (end of last ice age) is fondly called Anthropocene, by those arguing for the earliest dates; other suggestions go for the Neolithic Revolution, which is not that much later (ar. 12000 – 6000 BP), and still others consider the Industrial Revolution in the last two centuries to be the vital tipping point for Human predominance on planet Earth and thus emancipation of the species from its natural nutrients (namely the beginning of the Greenhouse effect, as caused by humans). I personally prefer not to use the term revolution in any of these contexts, but really like the idea to call our time “the Anthropocene”.
We created it, we’ve made it all ours – naturally, it is our responsibility to care for it. But that is just a trivial statement, because it lacks vital information on one of its vital parts: who (or what) are (or is) WE? From what I’ve just written (and I have been asking A LOT; I have been asking myself that same question over and over again – I can safely say that not a day has passed without it – since I was 4 years old), all I can offer as an answer to that question is that we are the athropo- in the term Anthropocene. The rest is UP FOR GRABS. …. and,…. thank you, Dave, this is truly a gorgeous film, seeing it 6* (and counting).