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Ballad of the Little Soldier

Opening shot of the film.
Directed by Werner Herzog
Denis Reichle
Produced by Lucki Stipetić
Starring Denis Reichle
Music by Isidoro Reyes
Paladino Taylor
Cinematography Jorge Vignati
Editing by Maximiliane Mainka
Release date(s) 1984
Running time 45 minutes
Language English

Ballad of the Little Soldier (German: Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten) is a 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.

Herzog made and co-directed the film at the request of his friend Denis Reichle, who himself served as a child-soldier in the Volkssturm at age fourteen in the aftermath of World War II.[1] The film is often cited as Herzog's most explicitly political, though Herzog denies that he had any specific statement on the politics of the Sandinistas. Herzog has said that the film is about child soldiers, and could have been made in any of several countries where child soldiers exist.[1]


  1. ^ a b Herzog, Werner (2001). Herzog on Herzog. Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-20708-1.  

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