9/11 was a day no one can forget. We all suffered losses: Our security and safety, our way of life.
But for some families, the losses they suffered were more than anyone could imagine -- the sudden and unexpected death of husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, coworkers and children -- almost 3,000 people from 90 countries. It is hard to imagine how people get through such tragic loss. But most of the time people do. The human spirit carries us through the murkiest of waters. How does that happen? Where do people find the strength? And what lessons can we learn from those who have had to go through it?
Project Rebirth's Peabody Award winning film, Rebirth, tells us that story in a remarkable, unique and inspiring way. Rebirth, the result of nearly a decade of filmmaking, chronicles the transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001, as their initial emotions of shock, grief, anger and confusion gradually evolve into hope, connection, purpose and renewal. Their narratives are the thread of recovery and resiliency from grief, loss and trauma that comprise the unique message of the film. Through their willingness in Rebirth to openly share their stories of recovery, they teach us that tragedy need not consume our lives forever. We can overcome loss, no matter how terrible it may be. We learn from them, and in so doing, we emerge teachers ourselves, ready to help others cope with difficult events in their own lives.
Simultaneously, the documentary film tracks, with time-lapse photography, the minute-by-minute demolition and redevelopment of the Ground Zero construction site in New York City, where the World Trade Center Twin Towers once stood. What emerges is the weaving together of two remarkable and parallel stories into a singular emotionally intimate and spiritually uplifting experience.
The process of creating Rebirth was very organic. Leading figures from Hollywood, Wall Street, local government, businesses, academic and medical institutions united to support the multi-year development of the film. Project Rebirth succeeds today because of its strong foundation of community participation. We thank all those who helped make Rebirth possible, and we hope this inspiring film aids others who are just now learning to cope with the many emotions that come from unexpected tragedy in our lives.
Although the film captures the evolution of the WTC site until 2009, time-lapse photography will continue until development of the site is completed in its entirety.
Latest postings about The Film
December 30, 2013 - After more than a decade of construction, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere is slated to leave its mark... More
December 1, 2013 - DONATE NOW: FUNDLY CAMPAIGN Desperately-needed food, water, clothing and essential supplies are being rushed to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda survivors in the... More
March 11, 2013 - Today marks the 11th anniversary of the installation of our first camera at the World Trade Center site and we... More
March 4, 2013 - Learn more about Project Rebirth's resiliency-building adventure program on the Caldwell Ranch in West Texas that will enable active duty... More
January 29, 2013 - After an acclaimed presentation of the film "Rebirth" at the 2012 Vinfen Moving Images Film Festival, Vinfen and Riverside Community... More