Monday, 26 March 2012
Final moments of Werner Herzog's 2000 made for TV documentary Wings of Hope about plane crash survivor Juliane Köpcke . Herzog uses the vorspiel to Wagner's Das Rheingold.
LIsten to Juliane on BBC Radio 4's Midweek (from about 24 minutes into the programme):
Juliane Koepcke grew up in Lima and the rainforests of Peru where her parents founded the Panguana ecological research station. On Christmas Eve 1971, she boarded an internal flight from Lima to Pucallpa with her mother. The plane carrying 92 passengers crashed into dense Amazonian jungle killing everyone on board apart from Juliane. Landing in the jungle, she survived for ten days before being rescued. Now a biologist herself, she continues to fight to save the rainforests of Peru. Her book When I Fell from the Sky is published by Nicholas Brealey publishing.