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Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Documentary Film
France,
Germany,
UK
1997
77 minutes
subtitles: 
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Lucki Stipetić
Werner Herzog
Peter Zeitlinger
Rainer Standke
Werner Herzog
Josh Rosen
Werner Herzog, Dieter Dengler
Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick
“Oh oh, this feels a little bit too close to home,” Dieter Dengler says into the camera when a few young Lao men tie up his hands again in the country of his torturers. Herzog sends his protagonist, who was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War and spent six months in prison under inhuman conditions, on a psycho trip of a different kind. The film became a strategic model for working with re-enactments, for example in “The Act of Killing” (2012) by Joshua Oppenheimer, co-produced by Herzog. Herzog himself re-made the material into a feature film starring Christian Bale.

Kristina Jaspers