BALLAD OF THE LITTLE SOLDIER (German : BALLADE VOM KLEINEN SOLDATEN)
is a 1984 documentary film directed by
Werner Herzog about children
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. 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
* ^ A B Herzog, Werner (2001). Herzog on Herzog.
Faber and Faber .
ISBN 0-571-20708-1 .