Director Werner Herzog found a kindred spirit in a German-American Navy pilot and Vietnam veteran, Dieter Dengler. Like Herzog, Dengler grew up in a Germany reduced to rubble by World War II. Dengler's stories of hunger and deprivation in the years after the war echo similar stories from Herzog's past. Dengler recounts an early memory of Allied fighter-bombers destroying his village, in which he saw one of the pilots and decided that he too wanted to be a pilot. At 18, Dengler emigrated to the United States; after a while he fulfilled his dream, becoming a Navy pilot, and then was taken prisoner in Vietnam. Nine years later Herzog made a narrative feature Rescue Dawn based on these events. Christian Bale played Dieter. Joe Bini, who serves as a jury member at this year's Zerkalo, edited both films.