REBIRTH - A 9/11 Docuementary That Is More Than A FilmSeptember 21, 2011

REBIRTH - A 9/11 Docuementary That Is More Than A Film

Oscilloscope Labs

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: IREBIRTH (Oscilliscope).

 

REBIRTH

By John Werner

 

Tenth anniversary remembrances of 9/11 are everywhere, from a multitude of TV specials, radio retrospectives, newspaper reports to speeches and dedications. I even saw a commemorative car dealership ad. I dare say it’s ubiquitous and in some cases disquieting. As a result, I’ve been asking myself why ten years is so significant. Why do most of these TV specials and movies have to be released now? Why not five years ago? Or a year ago?

Then I saw REBIRTH, Jim Whitaker’s feature-length documentary, and remembered the adage, time heals all wounds and realized that this particular tribute couldn’t happen at a better time. REBIRTH has to be seen now. It is significant to the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 in a way that I’m not sure any other tribute could be. The film is a beautifully executed tribute to the strength of the human spirit and our amazing ability to heal.

 



Whitaker has been making the film for a decade following the lives of five people who suffered deeply from the events of that day - Nick a teenager the day his mother was killed; Brian, whose brother was a first responder; Tim, a firefighter who lost too many colleagues; Ling, a severely burned survivor from an impact floor and Tanya who lost her fiancé that day. Since 2002, they shared their life story, their living-history of 9/11, with Whitaker. REBIRTH also parallels the rebuilding of these lives with the rebuilding of ground zero featuring unique and ambitious multi-camera time-lapse footage of the site.

 

Whitaker has made some great choices, too. His subjects are ordinary people dealing with extraordinary events in a courageous way - steering clear of celebrities, politicians or anyone famous makes the film entirely relatable. The director also avoids using footage of the attack on the towers. I applaud that choice. Seeing the towers destroyed would have overwhelmed the stories of individual bravery and internal heroism. The haunting yet soothing Phillip Glass original score is a perfect choice giving time-lapse segments a Koyaanisqatsi-like beauty.

 



REBIRTH is a must see. It’s also more than a film. It is part of Project Rebirth, a non-profit whose mission is to chronicle living history and honor 9/11 victims and first responders. http://projectrebirth.org. All proceeds from the commercial distribution of REBIRTH go to Project Rebirth.

 

DEMAND IT

 

- John Werner

  John Werner

John Werner is a writer/producer/director who has written several action flicks for SY FY Channel. He recently produced a series of short docs called PROFILES OF THE PACIFIC for HBO. He is currently producing a civil rights documentary special called SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI.  You can also find him at www.howlatthemoon.tv

 

Look for REBIRTH (Oscilloscope) under your cable system's Movie On Demand section.


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