Little Dieter Needs to Fly is a documentary about Dieter Dengler, a German who grew up with a passion for flight and emigrated to the U.S. to join the navy anf become a pilot during the Vietnam War. Dieter was shot down, captured and tortured before becoming one of the few American prisoners to escape. Working with Herzog he recreates his incredible story. Little Dieter Needs to Fly also inspired Rescue Dawn starring Christian Bale and also directed by Werner Herzog. Werner Herzog is one of the most prolific and respected cotemporary film directors. Born in Munich in 1942 he grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and never saw any films, television, or telephones as a child. During high school he worked the nightshift as a welder in a steel factory to produce his first films and made his first film in 1961 at the age of 19. SInce then he has gone on to direct more than forty feature films including the acclaimed documentary, Grizzly Man.