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.
“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.