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Werner Herzog's haunting documentary against texting while driving is essential public education

Date: 2013-08-19
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The 35-minute documentary film FROM ONE SECOND TO THE NEXT came together when AT&T approached the famous German filmmaker Werner Herzog and asked if he would direct a series of short films warning people about the dangers of texting while driving.

"What AT&T proposed immediately clicked and connected inside of me," Herzog told the AP. "There's a completely new culture out there. I'm not a participant of texting and driving—or texting at all—but I see there's something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us."

Focusing on four accidents, some of which were fatal, Herzog aims his camera squarely at the faces of both victims and perpetrators, asking them to describe in detail what happened and the aftermath.

It is not easy viewing, but, for the "more than 40,000 high schools" and "hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies" where it will be shown, it will undoubtedly be effective. As Herzog says, "In one second, entire lives are either wiped out or changed forever."

The video has been released to YouTube, presented by AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile. You can watch it film here.

Watch more provocative videos pertaining to public safety, linked from our video page here.

 

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