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Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten (1984)

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

Credited cast:
Werner Herzog ... Himself (voice)
Denis Reichle Denis Reichle ... Himself
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The film focuses on a group of Miskito in Nicaragua who used child soldiers in their resistance against the Sandinistas.

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | Spanish | English

Release Date:

3 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballad of the Little Soldier See more »

Filming Locations:

Nicaragua See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Werner Herzog: We didn't know that the last cow in the village was slaughtered to honor us.
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Narratively wobbly, but powerful nonetheless
5 March 2014 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

German film-maker Werner Herzog is well-known for his obsession with, well, obsession, finding joy and producing some great documentaries over the years championing the quirkiness of the human spirit. With Ballad of the Little Soldier, the focus is not on the idiosyncratic but on the child soldiers serving in Nicaragua fighting for the native Miskito Indians against the oppressive Sandinistas. Although he may deny it, this is Herzog's most political film to date. With co-director Denis Reichle, who served the Nazi's in the Volkssturm, Herzog's interviews various Miskito inhabitants who have fallen victim of the brutal Sandinistan regime.

At only 45 minutes long, Herzog and Reichle manage to paint a large picture of what life was like for the Miskito's. A woman wails about her family, butchered at the hands of the Socialist Sandinistas, whose government initiative to move the Miskito's into civilised society has led to their villages being sacked and torched, and the mass murder of men, women and children. The persistent nature of Herzog and Reichle's interview techniques do often make things uncomfortable, but it certainly makes for devastating viewing.

Narratively, the film is all over the place. The cinema verite style contradicts the film's title, shifting focus away from the children far too often in favour of the adult soldiers, who march past the camera with similar resigned, weathered expressions. But this is still powerful stuff, with Herzog's narration lending the film a dream-like quality amidst the seriousness of the subject matter, and Reichle's recollection of his time in the Volksstrum as a child making for difficult viewing, especially told in the context of the events that were unfolding in Nicaragua. Although this is far from Herzog's best documentary, he manages to achieve more in 45 minutes than most documentarians could only dream of.

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