Shown as part of the Werner Herzog Retrospective

THE WHITE DIAMOND (Germany, 2004, 87 min.)

The film is not about a diamond but about an airship, one of the smallest ever built; it consists of a huge white helium-filled balloon, shaped like a teardrop or white diamond, designed to float above the canopy of equatorial rain forests. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington, accompanied by Werner Herzog, embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls in the heart of Guyana, hoping to fly his helium-filled invention above the treetops. But this logistic effort will not be without risk. Herzog is at the height of his ruminative, poetic powers as he enters the jungle landscape. The two-person airship is a fantasy of dream-like beauty: powerful, yet ethereal; an invention of science that caters to our deepest hopes and fears. Directed by Werner Herzog. Produced by Marco Polo Film AG.

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 www.afi.com/silver

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

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