“A speck of dust … is the smallest visible subject matter a film can deal with: both a means for disappearance and a perception criterion. Regardless of where we go, it beats us there; anywhere we are headed, it follows us. It is our past, present and future … It lurks right in the despair of its own existence.” This statement by the director introduces us both to the peculiar topic of this film and to its pragmatic and philosophical approach, which is consistent with the author’s vision and scope. One of Germany’s best-known documentary makers, Bitomski is a writer, a director and a producer. His 40+ movies deal with topics such as war, pollution, German and American history. His irony and perceptiveness nail down the most ridiculous and conflicting aspects of civilized society. After his documentary about B-52 bombers in 2001, his latest work, Staub, has raised a lot of interest at the 64th Venice International Film Festival. The director’s own accent-less voice takes us on an amazing journey to the places where dust is produced, deposits, penetrates into our body and is fought with countless weapons, to no avail. A physical barrier between visible and invisibile reality, a tangible enemy to be fought at home every day, it is nevertheless also the impalpable stardust from which the Sun, stars, planets and, according to to Bible, man himself are made. As such, it is connected to time, matter and our very origins.