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3 April 1985 (USA) See more »
1984 documentary film directed by Werner Herzog about children soldiers in Nicaragua. The film focuses on a group of Miskito Indians who used children soldiers in their resistance against the Sandinistas. | Add synopsis »
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Any viewer would need to know something about Nicaraguan history to understand this documentary by director Werner Herzog. See more (6 total) »



Werner Herzog ... Himself (voice)
Denis Reichle ... Himself

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
Denis Reichle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Werner Herzog 
Denis Reichle 

Produced by
Werner Herzog .... producer
Manfred Nägele .... producer: SDR
Cinematography by
Michael Edols 
Jorge Vignati 
Film Editing by
Maximiliane Mainka 
Sound Department
Christine Ebenberger .... sound
Editorial Department
Draha Cicek .... assistant editor
Other crew
Werner Herzog .... commentary
Denis Reichle .... researcher

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Also Known As:
"Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten" - West Germany (original title)
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Germany:46 min | USA:46 min
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Werner Herzog:We didn't know that the last cow in the village was slaughtered to honor us.See more »


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Any viewer would need to know something about Nicaraguan history to understand this documentary by director Werner Herzog., 11 November 2014
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world

For 'Ballad of the little soldier',Werner Herzog worked with Denis Reichle who fought against the Russian army.There is a brief description of him talking about what he experienced as a child soldier.The film gains its force through the portrayal of young children who have been employed as soldiers by Miskito Indians who fight against Sandinistas.During the course of talks with these child soldiers,it is revealed that many of them chose to take up arms in order to avenge their family members who were killed by Sandinistas.Watching small children learning to shoot guns,one is reminded of the role weapons play in killing even innocent souls who ought to go to school or play.It has been exactly three decades since documentary film 'Ballad of the little soldier' was made by Werner Herzog in 1984.It is hailed as one of the most important works of cinema about the use of children as soldiers.This film has not at all lost its relevance as there are still numerous wars being waged in different parts of the world where children are involved as little soldiers.

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