6.6/10
344
7 user 3 critic

Die fliegenden Ärzte von Ostafrika (1970)

Film about the doctors that fly all over central Africa to bring medical help to the people living in the bush.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Behinderte Zukunft (TV Movie 1971)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Illuminating look at the way physically disabled people were dealt with in West Germany in the late 60's / early 70's.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Rolf Illig, Adolf Ratzka, Werner Herzog
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Walter Steiner, Werner Herzog
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Herzog examines the world championships for cattle auctioneers, his fascination with a language created by an economic system, and compares it to the lifestyle of the Amish, who live nearby.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Steve Liptay, Scott McKain, Ralph Wade
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Through examining Fini Straubinger, an old woman who has been deaf and blind since adolescence, and her work on behalf of other deaf and blind people, this film shows how the deaf and blind... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Fini Straubinger, M. Baaske, Elsa Fehrer
Documentary | Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Herzog takes a film crew to the island of Guadeloupe when he hears that the volcano on the island is going to erupt. Everyone has left, except for one old man who refuses to leave. Herzog ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Four guys break into an old castle and find uniforms and military equipment. They then prepare to defend it from an imaginary enemy.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Peter Brumm, Georg Eska, Karl-Heinz Steffel
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The film features several horse trainers and other track workers talking about their roles at the track, always eventually interrupted by an older man who claims to be the true authority, ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Petar Radenkovic, Mario Adorf, Hans Tiedemann
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Werner Herzog follows mountaineers Hans Kammerlander and Reinhold Messner during their expedition into climbing the Gasherbrum mountains, which has some of the most difficult peaks to be ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Reinhold Messner, Hans Kammerlander, Werner Herzog
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Herzog's documentary of the Wodaabe people of the Sahara/Sahel region. Particular attention is given to the tribe's spectacular courtship rituals and 'beauty pageants', where eligible young... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog
Letzte Worte (1968)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of a solitary man who refuses to leave a Greek island (at one time a leper colony) is told by a strange variety of characters who don't have much to say except to repeat their ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Lefteris Daskalakis, Antonis Papadakis
Lebenszeichen (1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A wounded German paratrooper named Stroszek is sent to the quiet island of Kos with his wife Nora, a Greek nurse, and two other soldiers recovering from minor wounds. Billeted in a decaying... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Peter Brogle, Wolfgang Reichmann, Athina Zacharopoulou
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The film focuses on a group of Miskito Indians in Nicaragua who used children soldiers in their resistance against the Sandinistas.

Directors: Werner Herzog, Denis Reichle
Stars: Werner Herzog, Denis Reichle
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Wilfried Klaus ...
Narrator
Michael Woods ...
Himself (as Dr. Michael Woods)
Edit

Storyline

Film about the doctors that fly all over central Africa to bring medical help to the people living in the bush.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 May 1970 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Flying Doctors of East Africa  »

Box Office

Budget:

DEM 40,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A good, but atypical film from a master director
30 April 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Herzog's short film about the doctors that fly all over central Africa to bring medical help to the people living in the bush. We fly with the doctors and they tell us about the history of their service and how they treat their patients.

Its a very good, and considering the director almost too straight forward documentary. It has none of the earmarks of what you would think of as a Herzog film and if I had missed the opening credits I would never have guessed who directed it. To be honest the film is very reminiscent of a Mondo movie. Not because its sensational, rather because its African setting in the late 1960's coupled the narration makes it seem (slightly) more exploitive then it is(I wonder if the English narrator did Mondo work). What I found interesting was the stories of the culture clashes that occur for the doctors, as say some of the tribesmen refused to climb stairs or a poster designed to warn the people about a fly that causes blindness are not understood by the people its suppose to help.

Worth a look for the subject matter if nothing else.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?