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22 October 2002 (Hong Kong) See more »
Through examining Fini Straubinger, an old woman who has been deaf and blind since adolescence, and her work on behalf of other deaf and blind people... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Fini Straubinger ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M. Baaske
Elsa Fehrer ... Herself
Heinrich Fleischmann

Rolf Illig ... Narrator (voice)
Vladimir Kokol
Resi Mittermeier ... Herself
Gustav Heinemann ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
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Werner Herzog 

Produced by
Werner Herzog .... producer
Cinematography by
Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein 
Film Editing by
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus 

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Also Known As:
"Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit" - West Germany (original title)
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85 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Haunting, 2 May 2008
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Story of Fini Straubinger who is "trapped" in her own body being both deaf and blind. Since the condition came on later in life she is able to speak and tells us what its like. We also watch as she goes around helping those like her. Communication is done via touching or writing on the hands. It becomes clear that the people in the film with this condition are trying to live full lives. An amazing film that shows us what its like not to be able to hear or see. Hopeful and yet unnerving-its not a state one really wants to contemplate having-its an important film since we see the world with a different set of eyes. Taking the matter even further Herzog and his crew also show us what its like for people born deaf and blind and how hard it is for them to even learn the basic things we take for granted. Moving. Haunting. Worth a look since it will make you reflect on how we get along.

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