Project Rebirth has been a documentary in the making for the past ten years, since shortly after the September 11 attacks. For the past ten years, director, Jim Whitaker, placed cameras at Ground Zero to capture the devastation and re-building at the World Trade Center site. His film footage became just a part of the film when he began recording the transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001.
The Talk on CBS today had on the director and two of the film’s subjects – Ling Young worked on the 86th floor of the World Trade Center, and Tanya Villanueva Tepper lost her soulmate, a New York City first responder in the tower collapse. Ling shared the gripping nightmare of evacuating down to the 78th floor after the first plane hit. There she was struck and burned over 40% of her body on the second impact, but was led to an exit and her ultimate escape and rescue. Tanya spoke of the years of coming to terms with losing her fiancee, learning to move on with life, and even finding out she was expecting a daughter with the due date of September 11, 2008.
Whitaker’s goal of Rebirth is to provide hope and a celebration of the incredible internal spirited resilience of those affected by 9/11. Rebirth is available on Xfinity On Demand as well as DVD, and will air this Sunday, September 11 at 9pm on Showtime.
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