AFI DOCS will recognize filmmaker Werner Herzog as the festival’s 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree at a special event June 24 at the Newseum. The Symposium will feature a conversation with Herzog, moderated by filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, and clips from his award-winning documentary film career. Following the conversation, AFI DOCS will screen Herzog’s latest documentary, “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World,” which is due to open in select theaters nationwide this summer.
Throughout his career, Herzog has received top honors from the Berlinale, the Cannes Film Festival, the Directors Guild of America and many more prestigious institutions. The Academy Award-nominated director’s credits include “Into the Abyss” (2011), “Encounters at the End of the World” (2007), “Little Dieter Needs to Fly” (1997) and “Fitzcarraldo” (1982), among many others.
The AFI Docs Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors documentary masters who have inspired audiences with their non-fiction stories of human experience. Previous honorees include Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme and Spike Lee.
The Newseum is the official Gala Screening Partner for AFI DOCS. The festival’s Opening Night Gala and Closing Night Gala screenings will be held at the Newseum June 22 and 26. Tickets to AFI DOCS, including Opening Night and Closing Night screenings, will be available early to AFI members exclusively May 9 to 17, and to the public on May 18. Passes for AFI DOCS 2016 are now on sale at AFI.com/afidocs.