Stories by firelight…

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS couldn’t have come out at a better time for me! It really reaches out to the anthropological inspiration aspect of the Daydrifter project. The film is a documentary by Werner Herzog, about the Chauvet Cave in southern France with a breathtaking score by Ernst Reijseger, that features syllabic vocal chanting in a really beautiful and unexpected way.

Here’s a little background stated better than I could have courtesy of Wikipedia.

Based on radiocarbon dating, the cave appears to have been occupied by humans during two distinct periods: the Aurignacian and the Gravettian.  Most of the artwork dates to the earlier, Aurignacian, era (30,000 to 32,000 years ago). The later Gravettian occupation, which occurred 25,000 to 27,000 years ago, left little but a child’s footprints, the charred remains of ancient hearths and carbon smoke stains from torches that lit the caves. After the child’s visit to the cave, evidence suggests that the cave had been untouched until discovered in 1994. The footprints may be the oldest human footprints that can be dated accurately.

I can’t really put in to words all that was amazing about the film. The remarkably vibrant illustrations were  made by firelight, and in some cases, 5000 years apart. It’s hard to conceive of a place in history where humanity existed without any sense of time.  I was left wondering how similar the songs they sung and stories they told were, all of those years apart. Oh, and it was in 3D…


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