Liberty Street: Alive at Ground Zero (2005)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Social Issues, Tragedies & Catastrophes  |   Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The psyche of a city still reeling from 9/11 is explored in filmmaker Peter Josyph's pensive meditation on a population yearning for a return to normalcy following historic tragedy. In the weeks after the World Trade Center fell, the residents of 114 Liberty Street -- an apartment complex located directly across from the former site of the Twin Towers -- struggled to comprehend the overwhelming magnitude of the attacks perpetrated on their city, and watched helplessly as the remnants of two giants were carted away truckload by truckload to an out-of-the-way landfill. In ignoring the strict "no cameras, no photo" policy on filming at the site known as "Ground Zero," Josyph captured some of the most intimate footage of the demolition ever released to the public. As Josyph contrasts this haunting footage with interviews of those who witnessed the destruction firsthand, the effects of both the attack and the resulting clean-up efforts tell an affecting tale of what it means to be a survivor.

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big-city, human-spirit, neighborhood, perseverance, resilience, September 11th, terrorism