Friday, April 22, 2016

Ballad of the Little Soldier A.K.A. Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten (1984)

A West German documentary directed by Werner Herzog.
The battle between the Nicaraguans and Sandanistas has claimed the lives of family members and forced survivors into refugee camps. The children of these camps are sent to military training to fight the group that killed their relatives and burned their homes.
This was alright. It seemed pretty standard/sub-par for a documentary. There were some things that stood out though. One man is singing and when the camera pulls back, it reveals his amazingly decorated guitar. In the end the filmmaker comments on how the situation is similar to WWII where he saw young men die in a similar way when he was their age. Overall, not bad, but not good. I rate it o.k.

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