The White Diamond

Director: Werner Herzog
Year Released: 2004
Rating: 2.5

Herzog investigates the work of aviation professor Graham Dorrington and his development of a small zeppelin that will allow him to film the canopies in Guyana, but who is haunted by the death of a former partner during a similar experiment he tried in the past. As a rule, Herzog's documentaries are more fascinating the more otherworldly they are, and while Dorrington appears to be a man that's driven, there's a muted quality to this, and his floating around (after a few mishaps) is curious, but doesn't exactly inspire a lot of feeling - likewise, the director's attempts to get the professor to elaborate on his friend's tragic demise seem forced and planned. Guyana native and autodidact Mark Anthony Yhap, Zen without realizing it, ends up the star of the show.