Desperate: A Ray of Light in the Face of Tyranny

DVD Release: June 9, 2015
Desperate: A Ray of Light in the Face of Tyranny


One rainy night in a concentration camp, a ruthless Nazi general is forced to plead with a condemned Jewish doctor to save his dying son. With nothing left to lose, the doctor refuses to aid his hated enemy. But when he is offered his freedom in exchange, he is faced with a moral dilemma. “Desperate: A Ray of Light in the Face of Tyranny” offers a provocative reflection on the relationship between justice and mercy and serves as a powerful analogy of God’s sacrificial grace. Winner of multiple awards including Best Short Film by the Hollywood Film Festival.

Dove Review

“Desperate: A Ray of Light in the Face of Tyranny” is an inspiring and dramatic film based on true events. Nazi General Von Ulbricht (Greg Mullavy) is desperate when his wounded son is brought in and no surgeon is available to operate. Facing the death of his son, the general pleads with Dr. Blumenthal (Peter Mark Richman), a Jewish prisoner and renown surgeon, to operate on his son. Dr. Blumenthal refuses to help the Nazi because of atrocities done to his people and because his own son was hanged for feeding the hungry.

The general finally convinces the doctor to operate after promising him freedom. An amazing event occurs after the surgery. Due to blood and graphic scenes during the operation we are awarding this film our Dove “Faith-Based” Seal.

This true story demonstrates two powerful truths: war is horrible, and forgiveness and grace are two treasures we need. Peter Mark Richman as Dr. Blumenthal and Greg Mullavy as General Ulbricht give powerful performances in this compelling and dramatic film.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: H-2; Man told not to be a fool.
Violence: Wounded man, bleeding profusely, is brought in on a stretcher; archive footage of man being struck and dragged; archive footage of people being shot; archive footage of a noose about to be placed on man's neck; graphic scenes of surgery including man's open wound and a bullet being removed, stitching, a lot of blood; bloody cloth covers a bloody portrait; gas oven is seen from outside, with smoke billowing from the stack.
Drugs: Smoking in a couple scenes.
Nudity: Shirtless men; man's shoulders and chest seen as he showers.
Other: Talk of gassing Jews and the atrocities of the Nazis; tension between characters.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Ben-Hur Sepehr
Producer: Ben-Hur Sepehr
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 32 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter