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THE MEANING OF HITLER Receives World Premiere at Fest Online Nov. 11-19

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From creators Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker.

THE MEANING OF HITLER Receives World Premiere at Fest Online Nov. 11-19

Play/Action Pictures and Means of Production are pleased to present the DOC NYC 2020 World Premiere online of Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker's THE MEANING OF HITLER, a consideration of the lasting influence and draw of Hitler in the 21st century that couldn't come at a more urgent time. The film will be shown in the Viewpoints Competition section of the festival.

What can history tell us about the present? 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. Filmed 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 critical than ever.

Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker are an award-winning husband-and-wife filmmaking team who work between New York and Berlin. Their credits include the 2004 Iraq-set box office hit Gunner Palace (Telluride, TIFF), The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (TIFF 2006, Independent Spirit Award nomination), How to Fold a Flag (TIFF 2009), Fightville (2011), The Flag (2013, CNN Films), and Karl Marx City (TIFF, NYFF), which was released theatrically in 2017.

THE MEANING OF HITLER was written, edited and directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker. It was produced by Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker, Dana O'Keefe and Mike Lerner. Executive producers are Jeffrey Lurie, Marie Therese Guirgis and Anthony Dobkin. The film was shot by Michael Tucker with audio by Petra Epperlein. Music is by Alexander Kliment.

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