The Oldest Cave Paintings

Aug 11, 2022 | History, Videos

This is a documentary about the Chauvet Cave, located in southern region of France, where the oldest man-made paintings were found. These impressive paintings were estimated to be over 32,000 years old.

These drawings were discovered by a group of scientists and explorers in 1994. The state they were in was practically flawless. After the discovery, the French government has limited the access to the cave to only a selected few scientists, with the task of examining, documenting and dating the drawings.

The maker of this extraordinary documentary, Werner Herzog, was able to gain a limited access in order to document these beautiful drawings and present them in his film. He decided that the documentary will be done in 3D technique, which will allow the viewers to embark on an incredible journey to the past.

In the course of making this documentary, Herzog interviewed a number of scientists and historians in order to be able to provide an adequate image of our ancestors, thus linking the past and the present.

The first screening of the documentary was on September 13th, 2010 at the International Film Festival in Toronto. Unfortunately, the projection was interrupted approximately five minutes before the end.

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