Synopsis: What’s in a name? Most of us don’t give it much thought. But some names can’t be ignored. Which is why 80-year-old Gene Hitler expects a double-take whenever he presents his Medicare card. And why teenager Emily Hittler finds high school a struggle for acceptance.

Meet the Hitlers is a film that examines the relationship between names and identity, by exploring the lives of people who are linked by the name “Hitler.” It raises important questions about the meaning of names and what they say about us.

The film explores complex issues like immigration, racism, and tolerance. Yet it’s ultimately a character-driven story, offering a moving portrait of its subjects. Meet the Hitlers is a thoughtful and nuanced exploration of the power of names and their relationship to identity in the modern world.


From the Director:

To find answers, I went on a search for the Hitlers of the world. I encountered a diverse cast of characters with stories that span the spectrum of human experience, from tragedy to comedy, and heartbreak to hope.

Others use the name to push political buttons, like Neo-Nazi Heath Campbell, who named his son Adolf Hitler. Still others try to banish the name forever, like the three Hitler brothers, direct descendents of Adolf Hitler, who made a pact to never marry so their bloodline would die with them.

Meet the Hitlers (USA)
Matt Ogens
84 mins

Meet the Hitlers (USA) will be screened at No Gloss Film Festival 2015.