American Film Institute Names Werner Herzog AFI DOCS 2016 Guggenheim Symposium Honoree – American Film Institute


American Film Institute Names Werner Herzog AFI DOCS 2016 Guggenheim Symposium Honoree

The American Film Institute will pay tribute to renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog as the AFI DOCS 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The June 24 Symposium will include a conversation with Herzog along with clips from his amazing documentary oeuvre. Moderated by filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, the discussion will be followed by a screening of Herzog’s latest documentary, LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD.

Herzog’s doc credits include INTO THE ABYSS (2011), CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (2010), the Oscar®-nominated ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007), GRIZZLY MAN (2005), THE WHITE DIAMOND (2004), the Emmy®-nominated LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1997), BELLS FROM THE DEEP (1993), FATA MORGANA (1971) and LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS (1971).

The AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors documentary masters who have inspired audiences with their non-fiction stories of human experience. Herzog joins a renowned list of Guggenheim Symposium honorees: Charles Guggenheim (2003), Barbara Kopple (2004), Martin Scorsese (2006), Jonathan Demme (2007), Spike Lee (2008), Albert Maysles (2009), Frederick Wiseman (2010), Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (2011), Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2012), Errol Morris (2013), Alex Gibney (2014) and Stanley Nelson (2015).

Tickets to AFI DOCS, including the Charles Guggenheim Symposium and Screening and Opening Night and Closing Night Galas, will be available early to AFI members exclusively from May 9–17, and to the public on May 18. Passes for AFI DOCS 2016 are now on sale. More information about AFI DOCS screenings and other special events will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Comments (6)

Jennifer Peterson

Congratulations Mr. Herzog, so richly deserved!

An honor justified by an amazing and impressive body of work. Mr Herzog's cinema productions will remain as creative endeavors of marvelous intentions. His success is unparalleled.

An justified by incredible cinematic productions. His work is for the now and the ages to come.

Rose Elizabeth Supan

Mr Herzog, you are my favorite documentarian of all time. And Strozek is one of my favorite films! You’re the best. Thank you for caring enough to share your talent and viewpoints.


Beautiful. His body of work stands the test of time and illuminates human kind like very few can do.

Mark Halwachs

Well deserved, Mr. Herzog!


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