When legendary writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, his friend and collaborator Werner Herzog made a final visit to say farewell. As a parting gift, Chatwin gave Herzog the rucksack he'd taken around the world. Thirty years later, carrying the rucksack, Herzog sets out on his own journey, inspired by Chatwin's passion for the nomadic life.
Along the way, Herzog uncovers stories of lost tribes, wanderers and dreamers. He travels to South America, where Chatwin wrote "In Patagonia", the book that turned him into a literary sensation, with its enigmatic tales of dinosaurs, myths and journeys to the ends of the world. In Australia, where Herzog and Chatwin first met, Herzog explores the sacred power of the Aboriginal traditions which inspired Chatwin’s most famous book, "Songlines". And in the UK, in the beautiful landscape of the Welsh borders, he discovers the one place Chatwin called home.
Told in Herzog’s inimitable style, full of memorable characters and encounters, this is a film about a writer and a filmmaker who shared a creative and personal vision: the desire to seek insights into human experience through wandering and exploration. And in places and communities at the extremes. A portrait of one of the 20th century’s most charismatic writers, the film also offers a revealing insight into the imagination and obsessions of one of the 20th century’s most visionary directors.
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