Shown as part of the Werner Herzog Retrospective

LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (France / United Kingdom / Germany, 1997, 74 min.)

An extraordinary documentary about an extraordinary man, Werner Herzog’s film details the life of Dieter Dengler who as a young boy, watched Allied planes destroy his village. From that experience, he knew he wanted to fly. At 18, he moved to America, enlisted in the Navy and was promptly shipped to Vietnam. During one of his first missions, however, Dengler was shot down over Laos and taken prisoner. He and six others escaped the prison, but only he is known to have survived; although he escaped and returned home, the experience still haunts him. By bringing Dieter Dengler back to different locations of his past, Director Werner Herzog is able to record his reactions in very powerful and moving ways. Directed by Werner Herzog.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

$10 General Admission; $8.50 AFI Members; $9 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military; $6 Children (12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the box office (opens 30 minutes before the film) or online at

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. (METRO: Silver Spring)

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