Werner Herzog is a funny bloke. He has made some extraordinarily and extraordinarily mad films - pulled boats over mountains in the jungle, managed to make films with Klaus Kinski and, one of my personal favourites, get shot during an interview and then dismiss it as "not a significant bullet" ([...])
He has also made some quite wonderful documentaries. Grizzly Man  [DVD
] is a simply wonderful exploration of the life and death of Timothy Treadwell, who spent his summers living with grizzly bears in Alaska. Before being killed by them. You should definitely watch that film.
Wheel of Time was shot in India and Tibet in 2002, to observe the Kalachakra initiation in Bodh Gaya. This is a very holy Bhuddist ceremony, during which hundreds of thousands of pilgrims descend to take part, and be blessed. And Herzog shows us the ceremony, the construction of the astonishing sand mandala at the heart of it. He meets the Dalai Lama.
But the best bits are the details and the insights into how people live and worship. He watches the monks as they serve lunch to tens of thousands of people. He observes the devoted as they prostrate themselves. And then he travels north, to Tibet, and Mount Kailash to witness the devotion of the faithful. He meets pilgrims who have made a journey of thousands of miles, prostrating themselves at each step. It is scarcely believeable.
Unlike many of his other films, this one is about observing. Most of the people he meets cannot speak English, so a lot of time is just spent watching. And I liked that - there is no story, no point being made - we are just allowed to watch. And it is fascinating.