UPDATE: CIFF44 CANCELLED

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 7, 2020 } See Beyond

THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL

 

Year: 2016
Country: USA
Run Time: 104 minutes

THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL
THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL
THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL
THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL

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.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

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

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competition
Local Heroes Competition

Director
Joseph Cahn

Joseph Cahn has been producing, writing, and editing broadcast and non-broadcast film and video productions for nearly 30 years. Before starting Victory Films in 2004, he was a producer-editor for several Cleveland-area multimedia firms. Prior to that, he was a producer with NFL Films where he wrote and edited highlight films and segments for HBO and ESPN.

Filmography
THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL (2016)

Producer
Joseph Cahn

Cinematography
Joseph Cahn

Editing
Joseph Cahn

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