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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 15, 2013 at 4:06 PM

‘From One Second to the Next’: Herzog’s film on texting and driving

A few weeks ago, I posted about filmmaker Werner Herzog’s latest project: the documentary “From One Second to the Next,” in which he interviews several people whose lives have been changed by drivers distracted by texting. Now the full film, which will be shown at numerous schools throughout the country, is available online, and it’s well worth the 35 minutes it takes to watch. In it, we meet a cherub-faced little boy in a wheelchair who breathes through a ventilator; a woman whose vision, balance, and ability to do her beloved job have been forever damaged; and two young men who bravely discuss that terrible moment of distraction, in which they took the lives of others. Herzog simply lets them face the camera and talk, and it’s extraordinarily moving. “I don’t remember what I was texting. I don’t remember the message,” says one of the young men, who’s now devoting his life to raising awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. “That’s how important it was.”

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