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Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten

Werner Herzog, Denis Reichle West Germany, 1984

Zac Weber's rating of the film Ballad of the Little Soldier

A nauseating documentation of tragedy. There's a political angle at play, but I think Herzog was most interested in capturing the horror inflicted on the Miskito children by the Sandinistas and their own people. This is certainly a precursor to Joshua Oppenheimer's 2012 film, The Act of Killing, although Ballad... is more journalistic in its construction. The last couple shots are so potent.