Shown as part of the Werner Herzog Retrospective

LA SOUFRIERE (Germany, 1977, 31 min.)

Helicopter-bound director Werner Herzog and crew descend on the island of Guadeloupe, where they hope to film the one man who reportedly remains in the local town; the rest of the islanders have fled due to the imminent eruption of a nearby volcano. Once there, Herzog discovers a completely barren, yet still functional island, where local animals are pictured swiftly exiting the island due to the ominous distant rumbling of molten lava. Undaunted, Herzog leads his crew up the mountain to meet the volcanic spew head on, simultaneously recalling tales of other cities that were reduced to rubble after comparable encounters with Mother Nature. As the journey unfolds, it becomes apparent that human life is at stake. The film is a report about an “inevitable” catastrophe that did not take place. Directed by Werner Herzog.


Ticket/Reservation Info:

$10 General Admission; $8.50 AFI Members; $9 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military; $6 Children (12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the box office (opens 30 minutes before the film) or online at 

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. (METRO: Silver Spring)

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