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Rebirth -- REBIRTH is a riveting journey into one of the most profound events in American history and the healing that has come in its wake.The inspirational story of REBIRTH follows the ten-year transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001. Deeply intimate and uplifting, REBIRTH provides a moving portrait of how trauma and grief can become hope.
Rebirth -- Filmed over the ensuing years after the attack on New York's World Trade Center, this documentary takes a look a the physical and emotional healing process involved in the aftermath of such a tragedy.


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Filmed over the ensuing years after the attack on New York's World Trade Center, this documentary takes a look a the physical and emotional healing process involved in the aftermath of such a tragedy. | Add synopsis »
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Tim Brown ... Himself
Nicholas Chirls ... Himself
Brian Lyons ... Himself
Tanya Villanueva Tepper ... Herself
Ling Young ... Herself

Directed by
James Whitaker 
Produced by
Danielle Beverly .... field producer
Sean Clauson .... segment line producer
Sharon Gomes Thomas .... field line producer
Croi McNamara .... line producer
Timothy T.P. Robbins .... line producer
David Solomon .... producer
James Whitaker .... producer
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Cinematography by
Thomas Lappin 
Film Editing by
Kevin Filippini 
Brad Fuller 
Production Management
Brad Goodman .... post-production supervisor
Tonko Soljan .... production manager
Sound Department
Sean Clauson .... additional sound recordist
Mitch Dorf .... sound re-recording mixer
Lauretta Molitor .... sound recordist
Jeremy Siegel .... assistant engineer
Robert Weiss .... sound recordist
John Zecca .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Gustavo J. Acosta .... camera operator
Charlie Foerschner .... film loader
Adam Johnson .... assistant camera
Mario Nila .... camera production assistant
Mickey Strider .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
George Delaney .... final colorist
Daniel Morfesis .... assistant editor
Corinne Pickett .... first assistant editor
Mary Prendergast .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Christopher Cody Flick .... music editor
Howard Paar .... music supervisor
Micki Stern .... music clearance
Other crew
Frank Bochanski .... production assistant
Andy Conner .... production assistant
Craig DiBiase .... production coordinator
Chris Geer .... production staff
Shani Heckman .... production assistant
Kevin A. Howard .... production assistant
Hans Kummer .... production consultant
Carmita Lasso .... production coordinator
Kristin Lesko .... archival research
William Passerino .... production assistant
Lisa Polese .... production assistant
Mike Monroe .... production assistant (uncredited)

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
See Rebirth! You won't regret it and you won't forget it., 14 August 2011
Author: anjru from Long Beach, NY

Rebirth follows the transformation of five people, over the past 10 years, whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001. Aside from some brief footage depicting the day that the towers fell, to set the stage, the focus of the film is almost exclusively on the life trajectory of these five people.

The filmmakers, led by director Jim Whitaker, introduce us to Tanya, a young woman who lost her fiancé; Nick, a teenaged boy who lost his mother; Tim, a firefighter who lost all of his friends; Brian, a construction worker who lost his brother; and Ling, a woman who was badly burned in the attack.

At the emotional core of the film is Tanya, a young woman who lost her fiancé Sergio, a New York City firefighter. Tanya bares her grief with such authenticity that viewers were riveted to her every word and expression.

Nick was about 15 years old when his mother died. A few years after the tragedy he became estranged from his father who remarried, adding a complication to Nick's grieving. The openness with which Nick expresses his sadness and anger, offers us a rare window into an adolescent boy's grieving.

Tim and Brian, offer the perspective of two men who lost, respectively, a best friend and a brother. Complicating Tim's grief are his forthright feelings of survivor's guilt, reminiscent of a soldier at war struggling with the loss of his fallen comrades. Brian offers another angle, with his touching reflection on how heartbreaking it is for him when he sees other brothers doing simple things together, like shopping at Home Depot.

Last but not least is Ling, who experienced a different kind of loss. She was badly burned over her right arm and right side of her face and endured 40 surgeries over the intervening years. Ling offers us a multi-layered perspective of her pain, despair, resignation, hope and resilience. I found Ling to be a quietly heroic figure who handled herself with grace, dignity and humor throughout her ordeal.

The sixth "character" in the film is Ground Zero itself. The filmmakers, via multi-camera time lapse photography, artfully tracked the evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once ascended over lower Manhattan. Filmgoers will be treated to this visual marvel and sign of rebirth and growth in segments that are interspersed throughout the interviews.

Rebirth is not a political movie, although some reviewers criticized the absence of a political voice in the film. I strongly disagree. The film was made to tell the story of loss, healing, hope, growth and resiliency in the context of one of the most horrifying chapters in American history. The film does that and much more. The lessons about complicated grief taught to us by Tim, Tanya, Brian, Ling and Nick transcend 9/11.

The film has an afterlife – it stays with you for days and weeks and you want to talk about it. Rebirth is a film best viewed with others. I would not recommend it for children under 13 years of age. If you have older adolescents in your life, watch it together and talk about it with them.

See Rebirth! You won't regret it and you won't forget it.

Andrew Malekoff - Long Beach, New York

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