Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen)

  • Dir: Werner Herzog

  • West Germany, 1970, 96 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Helmut Döring, Gerd Gickel, Erna Gschwendtner

In an institution set in a desolate landscape, the dwarf inmates start their rebellion. As the director is taken hostage, the inmates go wild and engage in naughty acts, soon moving to progressively more destructive actions. Burning a lonely palm tree, torturing barnyard animals and even their fellow blind inmates, they are madly giggling with joy at how the rules are being broken at will. Herzog confronts us with the ultimate questions of what we are and what constitutes our humanity. We are, all like the dwarfs, trying hopelessly to make sense of a cruel and brutal dystopia.

Screening:

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