New Documentary on ‘9/11: First Responders’

September 09, 2011 at 1:07 pm

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Thirteen will premiere a new documentary dedicated to the men and women who arrived at the World Trade Center the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and chose to stay.

Co-produced by WLIW21 and the 9/11 History and Scholarship Program, “9/11: First Responders” features first-hand accounts from the heroes who came to help, and still live with the emotional scars of that day. The film features the firefighters and police officers who volunteered to go into the burning towers, construction and office workers who pulled victims from the rubble, and paramedics who cared for the injured and dying.

The documentary is hosted by actress S. Epatha Merkerson. The stories told offer hope for future generations to work as a community. One of the volunteers shown in the film puts it quite eloquently: “The strength of this country is its people and its compassion.”


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The documentary is a new version of an earlier film, “9/11: An American Requiem,” which was produced by the 9/11 History and Scholarship Program at Stony Brook University as part of its “Remembering 9/11” oral history project.

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Rosalind P. Walter, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Jody and John Arnhold, the Tiger Baron Foundation, the Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, the Metropolitan Media Fund, Laura and Jim Ross, the Dorothy Pacella Fund, in memory of Vincent Pacella and Shailaja and Umesh Nagarkatte.


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