Little Dieter Needs to Fly 1997 M

1.00PM Sat 8 Jul 2017 (1hr 20mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

What I continue to find wondrous is that Dieter emerged from his experiences without so much as a hint of bitterness; he was forever able to bear the misery with great optimism … He has been a role model for me, and even today when I am in a complicated situation I ask myself, "What would Dieter do?"

Little Dieter Needs to Fly will screen from an archival 35mm film print.

Dieter Dengler was just a young boy in wartime Germany when he became obsessed with the possibility of flying planes. After emigrating to America as an adult, he eventually ended up in the Air Force of the American army during the Vietnam War. In 1966, he was shot down over Laos and, upon his crash-landing, was soon captured and placed in a prison camp, where he was starved and tortured. Decades after his eventual escape and rescue, Herzog interviews Dengler about his harrowing experiences and returns with him to Laos and Thailand to travel through the sites of those momentous months. Little Dieter Needs to Fly is an intimate and powerful documentary portrait of a man changed, but not broken, by his nightmarish experiences. Herzog would return to Dengler's story with his Hollywood feature film Rescue Dawn 2006, which recreates his wartime journey.

CREDITS

16MM, COLOUR, MONO, 80 MINS, GERMANY/UK/FRANCE, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: WERNER HERZOG / CINEMATOGRAPHER: PETER ZEITLINGER / EDITORS: JOE BINI, GLEN SCANTLEBURY, RAINER STANDKE / PRODUCTION CO: WERNER HERZOG FILMPRODUKTION, ZDF, BBC, ARTE, MEDIA VENTURES / PRINT SOURCE: DEUTSCHE KINEMATHEK / RIGHTS: WERNER HERZOG FILM GMBH / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM

M | Adult themes