Werner Herzog ventures to the Antarctic community of McMurdo Station, headquarters of the National Science Foundation and home to 1,100 people from October to February. Here, he meets, interviews and films dreamers, philosophers, scientists, seals and penguins.

It’s fascinating to learn about the lives of the people inhabiting the South Pole, and depressing, too, to hear about the enormous impact the melting of the glaciers will have on human (and other) life.

Grade: B

Encounters at the End of the World releases in select theaters June 27.