Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Meet the Hitlers

Year: 2015
Run Time: 84 minutes

Meet the Hitlers
Meet the Hitlers
Meet the Hitlers

Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?” And if your name is Smith or Jones, probably not a whole lot. But what if your name is Hitler? Would you change it? MEET THE HITLERS is a fascinating look at the complicated lives of simple people with an unfortunate name. The film also introduces us to those who desire to promote the name's legacy, a well as those who desire to destroy it. There’s the teenage cheerleader, an American born long before Hitler’s reign, the Ecuadorean immigrant, an actual relative of the man who made the name infamous, and a neo-Nazi who names his son Adolf Hitler. The heart of this documentary follows author David Gardner as he tracks down nephews of the original Hitler, rumored to be living in the States – naturally, they prove to be elusive. This documentary is not just an endearing look at people with the name, but also a look at those who are fascinated by the effects the name evokes. For example, artist Jim Riswold who, in order to mock the man, centers his work on Hitler toys – and, yes, there are a lot of Hitler toys. Look past the title, and you’ll find MEET THE HITLERS is an incredible study on the effect a name can have. What’s in a name indeed! (In English, German, and Spanish with subtitles) – T.W.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM -
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 12:15 PM -
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Jewish and Israeli Visions

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition


Matt Ogens

Matt Ogens is an Emmy-nominated director, producer, and photographer whose work has been featured on MTV, VH1, CBS, ESPN, and CNN. He's also won numerous awards for his work in advertising and has been recognized across many genres.

"Confessions of a Superhero" (2007), MEET THE HITLERS (2014)

Matt Ogens

Charlie Gruet, Jon Michael Ryan

Bill Chessman, Steve Prestemon

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