Werner Herzog and the worlds leading volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer set out on a dangerous mission in search of answers; their journey takes them across the world, to the very edges of active volcanoes. They’ll learn of the reverence felt by the societies surrounding these prima donnas of nature, and meet some of those who willingly live in the shadow of such lethally unpredictable neighbours.


Filmmakers: Werner Herzog
Year: 2016
Country: USA
Runtime: 104 mins
Format: HD
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When volcanoes exploded in the past, they helped shape us as a species. From our earliest ancestors to travellers battling with the effects of ash clouds on airline flights, our evolutionary destiny has been played out in the shadow of volcanoes.  One day in the future, there will be another super-eruption like the one that triggered the last ice age. There is a greater chance of a super-eruption happening in your lifetime than of winning the lottery!

Werner Herzog wants to find out why, where and how our lives are inextricably linked with the most destructive and creative force on Earth. In this global odyssey, he teams up with the world’s leading volcanologist, Clive Oppenheimer, to bring the story of the relationship between volcanoes, our planet and human society to the screen. 


Werner Herzog was born in Munich on September 5, 1942. He grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and studied History and German Literature in Munich and Pittsburgh. He made his first film in 1961 at the age of 19. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than sixty feature- and documentary films. Herzog is considered one of the greatest figures of the New German Cinema, and was once called "the most important film director alive" by Francois Truffaut.

Herzog and his films have been nominated for and won many awards. His first major award was the Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury for his first feature film Signs of Life.  Most notably, Herzog won the best director award for Fitzcarraldo at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. In 1975, his movie The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser won The Special Jury Prize (also known as the 'Silver Palm') at the Cannes Festival. Other films directed by Herzog nominated for Golden Palm are: Woyzeck and Where the Green Ants Dream.

Werner Herzog has published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. Werner Herzog lives in Munich and Los Angeles.


Director: Werner Herzog

Volcanologist: Clive Oppenheimer

Producers: André Singer & Lucki Stipetić

Executive Producers: Richard Melman & Vanessa Dylyn