The Meaning of Hitler

Friday, August 13 - Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Q&A with filmmakers Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker on Friday August 13 at the 8:10pm screening!

Using the eponymous 1978 bestselling book as its frame, THE MEANING OF HITLER is a provocative interrogation of our culture’s fascination with Hitler and Nazism set against the backdrop of the current rise of white supremacy, the normalization of antisemitism and the weaponization of history itself. Shot in nine countries, the film traces Hitler’s movements, his rise to power and the scenes of his crimes as historians and writers, including Deborah Lipstadt, Martin Amis, Sir Richard Evans, Saul Friedlander, Yehuda Bauer, and famed Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, weigh in on the lasting impact of his virulent ideology. As fears of authoritarianism and fascism now abound, the film explores the myths and misconceptions of our understanding of the past, and the difficult process of coming to terms with it at a time in our history when it seems more urgent than ever. An IFC Films release.

Official selection: DOC NYC

“The movie isn’t just another cautionary tale; it’s a jagged intellectual wakeup call that cuts deep, and America can’t hear it enough.” – Indiewire

  • Running Time 93 minutes
  • Director Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil, Closed Captioning