Little Dieter Needs to Fly

  • Dir: Werner Herzog

  • Germany/UK/France, 1997, English, 80min, DCP

Mesmerized by a split-second eye contact with the pilot who bombed his German village, little Dieter knew that he needed to fly. Now in his 50s, he was taken back into his memories – enlisted in the American Navy, he flew missions over the Laotian jungles where he was shot down, imprisoned, tortured, and narrowly escaped. In a documentary mixed with fabricated scenes and statements, Herzog fashions Dieter’s adventure into a study of a pure soul freed from the mundane humiliations. The void left behind by Dieter’s 2001 death was filled up by Rescue Dawn (2006), a fictional version of his story.

1997 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, Special Jury Award



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