Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie's production company has announced the completion of their first documentary, a project that took over three years to complete.
The title of the project? "The Meaning of Hitler"
The timing of the announcement? Unreal.
“We couldn't be prouder that The Meaning of Hitler is the first completed film made by our new documentary production company, Play/Action Pictures,” said Lurie in a statement. “I envisioned Play/Action to be a leading creative force for films that engage with the most crucial and challenging issues of our time. The rise of white supremacy and neo-fascism in the United States and the world over are among the most important and serious threats we face today."
The announcement of the documentary comes at the same time that Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is facing backlash for a series of anti-Semitic social media posts that the team called "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling" in a statement. One of the posts included a quote that was (it appears incorrectly) attributed to Adolf Hitler.
As of now it does not appear Lurie will be releasing Jackson, who has apologized, for the posts. Instead, the team seems to have decided to keep Jackson on the team in hopes he will use his platform to "promote unity, equality and respect."
A description of the movie, from the press release:
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 over three years, 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.
Lurie has yet to make any public comments about Jackson's social media posts outside of the statement released by the team which was not attributed to the team owner.
The Eagles are currently set to open training camp at the end of the month, which could be the first time either Jackson or Lurie meets with reporters.