Part of the Last Days of DVD challenge
Werner Herzog's take on aboriginal land rights and spirituality has a calm, ethereal beauty about, playing against conventions of standard message pictures and being more like a documentary by an ethnographer who is fascinated by the mysterious culture of an ancient people.
Australian critics at the time thought the filmmaker was out of his deph, but I felt that the struggle of an indigenous people against the government and corporate interests was done in a unique and sometimes humorous way (even though the titular "Green Ant" legend is fictitious, it's similar to other dreamtime stories).
The use of classical music and didgeridoos against the red dirt landscapes of the Northern Terrority deserts provides a stark beauty, so does the image of a large airplane occupying this very isolated space.
A fine film, fans of Herzog should check this one out.