The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 104 minutes
Often in the midst of great evil it is the heroic man who refuses to succumb, and Peter Ertel is one such man. Forced to serve in the Nazi army despite his consternations against Hitler and his refusal to murder “enemy” soldiers, Ertel would not only miraculously survive WWII, but would also become a respected U.S. citizen and be regarded as “family” by his Jewish employers. THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL is an unflinching account of the life of a man who defied insurmountable odds in an unforgiving environment and who later found peace in Cleveland, Ohio. This film combines re-creation storytelling with Ertel’s own brave recounting of his harrowing years in the Nazi army, meeting his wife’s family (also members of the German resistance), surviving the Russian Winter, and then being accepted into a Jewish company in Ohio. Ertel grew up with a poet’s mind and an artist’s curiosity, and this film conveys these sensibilities—the very traits that saved his life on so many occasions—with a tale so bold, brave, and beautiful it will restore your faith that humanity can survive even the darkest of days. —T.W.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 1:50 PM
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4:45 PM
Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 9:05 AM
Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Recommended for High School Students +
Local Heroes Competition
THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL (2016)