Into The Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life

In this documentary, director Werner Herzog interviews three prison inmates, two prison chaplains and the relative of two murder victims, and stiches the outcome together into a brilliantly touching view of humanity.

Herzog is never on screen, but his gentle questioning elicits admissions from those being interviewed which are revealing, and often very unexpected. 

He makes it quite clear from the start that he is against the death penalty, and shows immense respect for the humanity of every single person he interviews in the face of awful crimes. A brilliant documentary, mainly due to Herzog himself as the off-screen interviewer.

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