If you have not watched many or any of Werner Herzog’s documentaries, I highly recommend that you get on that. I’m not even entirely sure where you should start. My first experience was with Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, which is a film that is equal to a religious experience. A peaceful escape to a frozen tundra in Siberia, with Herzog’s booming, thick German accent narrating the footage, guiding us through a place where some of us may never go. That experience tends to repeat itself for all of the directors films, and in Meeting Gorbachev, Herzog sits down with the former leader of the Soviet Union- Mikhail Gorbachev, describes a bit of his background, digs into the struggles of the Cold War, the destruction of Chernobyl, and shows us a view of a man who has lived a long life. Meeting Gorbachev is a poignant brush with the past and our history today.