Fire of Love
Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things - each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and documenting their discoveries. They lost their lives in a 1991 volcanic explosion, leaving a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world.
Katia and Maurice became media darlings for their on-site observations and documentation of volcanic eruptions in the 1970s and 80s. She a geochemist, he a geologist, they turned to the Earth because they were 'disappointed in humanity, said Maurice. But they also loved chasing and studying volcanoes; they couldn't imagine doing anything else. Their footage, photos, media tours, and books (all 19 of them!) contributed to a greater understanding of the science and danger of volcanoes. By filming the fury and devastation of eruptions, the Kraffts aimed to influence better warning systems and government evacuation policies.
Despite Fire of Love's awe-inspiring images of fire spewing and spattering from the mouths of volcanoes and then oozing and pulsating downward like a blazing snake, what endures after this film ends are the beaming faces of Katia and Maurice. Director Sara Dosa and the filmmaking team fashion a lyrical celebration of the intrepid scientists' spirit of adventure. Fire of Love tells a story of primordial creation and destruction, following two bold explorers as they venture into the unknown, all for the sake of love.
Information published by Leisure and Culture Dundee.
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