Fire of Love | Dundee City Council

Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things – each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring pair of French volcanologists scoured the planet, hunting eruptions and documenting their findings. They lost their lives in a volcanic explosion in 1991, leaving a legacy that has forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world.

Katia and Maurice became media darlings for their on-site observations and documentation of the volcanic eruptions of the 1970s and 1980s. She a geochemist, he a geologist, they turned to Earth because they were “disappointed in humanity said Maurice. But they also liked to hunt and study volcanoes; they couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Their footage, photos, media tours and books (all 19!) have contributed to a better understanding of the science and danger of volcanoes. By filming the fury and devastation of the eruptions, the Kraffts aimed to influence better warning systems and government evacuation policies.

Despite Fire of Love’s awe-inspiring footage of fire spitting and splashing from the mouths of volcanoes, then oozing and pulsing downward like a flaming serpent, what lingers after the end of this film are the beaming faces of Katia and Maurice . Director Sara Dosa and the film crew craft a lyrical celebration of the adventurous spirit of intrepid scientists. Fire of Love tells a story of primordial creation and destruction, following two daring explorers as they venture into the unknown, all for love.

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