During World War II, 1.2 million African-Americans served in America’s Armed Forces. Fully 125,000 served overseas. 708 were killed. Among these were The Wereth Eleven. Their story was lost to history. Until now.
The Wereth Eleven is an ambitious docudrama based on the true story of eleven African-American soldiers who were ruthlessly murdered by the Nazi SS during the Battle of the Bulge. The film weaves exciting visual effects, never before seen archival footage, and compelling interviews to detail one of the least known atrocities committed during World War II.
LENGTH: 1 x 60 Minutes
INTERNATIONAL TRACK: Yes
TEXTLESS MASTER AVAILABLE: Yes
CLOSED CAPTIONS: Yes
ASPECT RATIO: 16:9
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2010
RELEASE YEAR: 2011
PRODUCER: The Ardennes Group, LLC
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
RIGHTS TERRITORY: Worldwide
The Wereth Eleven stars Ken Arnold (Abduction), and is narrated by actor Corey Reynolds (TNT’s The Closer and Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal). It was written and directed by award winner Robert Child (Silent Wings), and edited by Frederic Lumiere (director of the award winning World War II in HD).
“I was really moved and saddened by the story. I set out on a mission to make sure the citizens of America and Europe knew what had happened to the eleven victims and make sure they knew of their contribution during World War II.” – Joseph Small, Executive Producer, The Wereth Eleven
Nominee, Trailer, Emmy, 2012
Founders Choice Award for Best Picture, G.I. Film Festival, 2011
Nominee, Outstanding Editing in Television, Hollywood Post Alliance Awards, 2011
Leigh Whipper Gold Award for Documentary at the 35th annual Philadelphia International Festival
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Robert Child, Writer and Director
Originally from New England, Robert Child has worked behind the scenes as a writer, technical director, and director for more than a decade with network clients including HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NBC, ABC, and CBS. Child produced a series of highly regarded and award-winning Civil War films including Gettysburg: The Boys in Blue and Gray and the docudrama Gettysburg: Three Days of Destiny. Child also directed “Lincoln and Lee at Antietam: The Cost of Freedom,” “Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of World War II,The Wereth Eleven, and USS Franklin: Honor Restored. Child has won numerous awards including five Telly, two CINE Golden Eagles, Best Director at the New York Independent Film Festival, and Special Jury at World Fest Houston. In 2011, Child was selected to receive the highly coveted Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts from the Bucks County Chamber of Commerce. His work has also been named as Official Selection at major United States film festivals including the New York Independent Film Festival and the Washington DC Independent Film Festival.
This remarkable docudrama, written and directed by Robert Child, chronicles the story of 11 African-American soldiers who were captured and brutally murdered near Wereth, Belgium, by the Nazi SS during the Battle of the Bulge. The men were members of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, and their terrible tale has been called one of the least-known atrocities of World War II. Narrated by actor Corey Reynolds, The Wereth Eleven weaves together excellent interviews with WWII veterans and historians, never-before-seen archival footage, and top-notch visual effects (including CGI-animated graphics), while Ken Arnold leads an impressive cast in the reenactments. Highly recommended. Editor’s Choice. – Video Librarian