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Where the Green Ants Dream
Where the Green Ants Dream
(German: Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen) is a 1984 film by German film director Werner Herzog. Based partly on the Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd
Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd
case and making use of professional actors as well as Aboriginal activists who were involved in the case, it was a mix of facts and fiction. The ant mythology was claimed as Herzog's own, but some natives did consider the green ant as the totem animal that created the world and humans. Wandjuk Marika noted that the ant dreaming belief existed in a clan that lived near Oenpelli in the Northern Territory.[1] The film is set in the Australian desert and is about a land feud between a mining company called Ayers (based on Nabalco) and the native Aborigines. The Aborigines claim that an area the mining company wishes to work on is the place where green ants dream, and that disturbing them will destroy humanity. The film was entered in the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.[2] Marika, recommended to Herzog by Phillip Adams, was a leader for the Rirratjingu people, an artist and musician who was involved in activism for Aboriginal rights. His didgeridoo music is used in the movie and several members of his family were cast in the film. The contract with Herzog allowed the Marikas to make enough money to move from Yirrkala to their ancestral region of Yalanbara, Port Bradshaw.[1] Critics of the film found it uncomfortably placed between a documentary and a feature film. Phillip Adams
Phillip Adams
was particularly incensed and claimed that the film implied that the Australian Government was against the Aborigines, leading him to write an article titled Dammit Herzog, you are a Liar!'.[1][3] Cast[edit]

Bruce Spence
Bruce Spence
as Lance Hackett Wandjuk Marika as Miliritbi Roy Marika as Dayipu Ray Barrett as Cole Norman Kaye as Baldwin Ferguson[4] Ralph Cotterill as Fletcher Nick Lathouris as Arnold Basil Clarke as Judge Blackburn Ray Marshall as Solicitor General Coulthard Dhungala I. Makika Gary Williams as Watson Tony Llewellyn-Jones as Fitzsimmons Robert Brissenden Michael Edols as young attorney Bob Ellis as supermarket manager Paul Cox as photographer James Ricketson as Philip Adams,[5] mining leader Colleen Clifford as Miss Strehlow[6]

References[edit]

^ a b c Hurley, AW (2006) "Re-imagining Milirrpum v Nabalco in Werner Herzog's Where the Green Ants Dream. Passages: law, aesthetics, politics 2006, Australia. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Where the Green Ants Dream". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 23 June 2009.  ^ Adams, P (1984), "Dammit Herzog, You Are a Liar!", The Weekend Australian Magazine, 2–3 June, p. 2. ^ cf. Walter Baldwin Spencer ^ "The wrath of Herzog" by Phillip Adams, The Australian
The Australian
(11 June 2011) ^ cf. Ted Strehlow

External links[edit]

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Werner Herzog

Feature films

Signs of Life (1968) Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) Fata Morgana (1971) Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
(1972) The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
(1974) Heart of Glass (1976) Stroszek
Stroszek
(1977) Nosferatu the Vampyre
Nosferatu the Vampyre
(1979) Woyzeck (1979) Fitzcarraldo
Fitzcarraldo
(1982) Where the Green Ants Dream
Where the Green Ants Dream
(1984) Cobra Verde
Cobra Verde
(1987) Scream of Stone (1991) Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness
(1992) Invincible (2001) The Wild Blue Yonder
The Wild Blue Yonder
(2005) Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn
(2006) Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
(2009) Queen of the Desert (2015) Salt and Fire
Salt and Fire
(2016)

Documentaries

The Flying Doctors of East Africa
The Flying Doctors of East Africa
(1969) Handicapped Future
Handicapped Future
(1971) Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (1976) La Soufrière (1977) Huie's Sermon
Huie's Sermon
(1981) God's Angry Man
God's Angry Man
(1981) Ballad of the Little Soldier
Ballad of the Little Soldier
(1984) The Dark Glow of the Mountains
The Dark Glow of the Mountains
(1984) Herdsmen of the Sun
Herdsmen of the Sun
(1989) Echoes from a Sombre Empire (1990) Jag Mandir (1991) Bells from the Deep (1993) The Transformation of the World into Music (1994) Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (1995) Little Dieter Needs to Fly
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
(1997) My Best Fiend
My Best Fiend
(1999) Wings of Hope (2000) Pilgrimage (2001) Ten Thousand Years Older
Ten Thousand Years Older
(2002) Wheel of Time (2003) The White Diamond
The White Diamond
(2004) Grizzly Man
Grizzly Man
(2005) Encounters at the End of the World
Encounters at the End of the World
(2007) Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010) Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
(2010) Into the Abyss (2011) On Death Row
On Death Row
(2012) From One Second to the Next
From One Second to the Next
(2013) Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
(2016) Into the Inferno (2016)

Shorts

Herakles (1962) Game in the Sand (1964) The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz
The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz
(1967) Last Words (1967) Precautions Against Fanatics
Precautions Against Fanatics
(1969) No One Will Play with Me
No One Will Play with Me
(1976) Portrait Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
(1986) Les Gaulois (1988) La bohème (2009)

Other

Incident at Loch Ness
Incident at Loch Ness
(2004)

Books

Of Walking in Ice (1978) Bibliography

Related

Lena Herzog (wife) Lucki Stipetić
Lucki Stipetić
(brother) Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
Eats His Shoe (1980)

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Films and television series about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Awards

Deadly Awards

Children

Banduk Bobtales Little J & Big Cuz Double Trouble Yamba's Playtime

Comedy

8MMM Aboriginal Radio BabaKiueria Basically Black Black Comedy Stone Bros.

Documentary

Art + Soul Australia Daze Black Chicks Talking Blood Brothers Buried Country Bush Mechanics The Change at Groote Contact Couldn't Be Fairer Dreaming of Lords Fire Talker First Australians First Contact I, the Aboriginal Jandamarra's War Kanyini The Last Tasmanian The Last Trackers of the Outback Lousy Little Sixpence Mabo: Life of an Island Man My Survival as an Aboriginal Namatjira the Painter Our Generation Primitive Peoples Protected The Secret Country: The First Australians
First Australians
Fight Back Sharing the Dream The Talgai Skull The Tall Man Utopia Welcome to Australia Yajilarra

Drama

Australian Rules Bedevil Beneath Clouds Black and White Blackfellas (Day of the Dog) Boney The Cake Man The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Charlie's Country The Circuit Cleverman Come Out Fighting Deadly Dead Heart The Djarn Djarns The Fringe Dwellers The Gods of Wheat Street Goldstone Here I Am Harry's War Heartland Jedda Jindalee Lady The Life of Harry Dare Mabo Mad Bastards Manganinnie Mystery Road No Way to Forget Rabbit-Proof Fence Radiance RAN Remote Area Nurse Ready for This Redfern Now Rose Against the Odds Samson and Delilah Satellite Boy The Secret Daughter The Secret River September Short Changed Spear Ten Canoes The Tracker Toomelah Tudawali Walkabout The Warriors Where the Green Ants Dream Women of the Sun Wrong Side of the Road Yolngu Boy

Musical

Black River Bran Nue Dae One Night the Moon The Sapphires

News

Imparja National News Living Black Message Stick NITV News

Sport

The Barefoot Rugby League Show The Marngrook Footy Show

Related

Blackfella Films Imparja Indigenous Community Television NITV Aboriginal c

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