In Our Son’s Name (IOSN) / En Nombre de Nuestro Hijo is an intimate portrait of Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez, co- founders of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, whose son, Greg, died with thousands of others in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The bereaved parents choose reconciliation and nonviolence over vengeance and begin a transformative journey that both confirms and challenges their convictions. They speak out against war in Iraq and Afghanistan, publicly oppose the death penalty of avowed 9/11 conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui, and befriend his mother. As their search for meaning evolves they speak out against anti-Muslim actions and find peace in working with prison inmates. Their marriage strengthens, and they reach a deeper understanding of their rebellious son, who had just begun to find his way when his life was cut short. The film also features Talat Hamdani, whose heroic son, Mohammad Salman, perished rescuing others yet he was wrongly deemed a suspect due to his Muslim faith. The award-winning film mixes in-depth interviews with on-location footage and striking archival photographs and video to create a deeply personal story that invites us to reconsider conventional concepts of justice and healing.
Since Spring 2017 there is a new version of In Our Son’s Name with subtitles in Spanish: En Nombre de Nuestro Hijo. With this new version we will be able to reach broader audiences to spread our message of nonviolence and reconciliation. If you don’t have a copy and would like to set up a screening in your community, please contact the Peaceful Tomorrows office.
IOSN aired on Public Television Stations in September 2016. You can order the film here: http://inoursonsname.com/.