September 7 – 12, 2021
20 Years Later is a virtual film festival commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The theme of the festival is peace and justice. This festival will feature speeches and live interactive panels with filmmakers, special guests & September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows members. Films will have educational and interactive tools provided.
A Message from director and screenwriter James Schamus
Films Potentially Featured in the Festival:
No Responders Left Behind follows 9/11 social activists Jon Stewart and John Feal as they take on the U.S. government to ensure Health and Compensation for thousands of ailing First Responders who are dying from toxins released at Ground Zero.
This fearless, thought-provoking documentary details the remarkable story behind the first ever global demonstration. Whilst the protests did not stop the Iraq War, the movement inspired a new generation of activists. The legacy of the demonstrations continued to influence campaigners across the world; including activists in Egypt during the Arab Spring as well as Black Lives Matter campaigners in the United States. ‘We Are Many’ features testimony from organizers, activists, celebrities and politicians who provide a unique insight in to the protest itself and the global context which led to the marches.
An intimate portrait of Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez, whose son, Greg, dies 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.
Starring Martin Sheen. They were lonely voices swamped by a domineering system, deaf from the lust for battle in the wake of September 11th. Today America is a changed landscape with the war universally unpopular. The contradictions between now and then are stark, illogical, confusing. Today how is America coming to grips with the harsh treatment of those crying out in despair on the eve of a terrible war?
Select shorts from 11’09”01, TBD
With his characteristic humor and dogged commitment to uncovering the facts, Moore considers the presidency of George W. Bush and where it has led us. He looks at how – and why – Bush and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saudi connection to 9/11, despite the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis and Saudi money had funded Al Qaeda. Fahrenheit 9/11 shows us a nation kept in constant fear by FBI alerts and lulled into accepting a piece of legislation, the USA Patriot Act, that infringes on basic civil rights.
An Indian Muslim man with Asperger’s syndrome takes a challenge to speak to the President of the United States seriously and embarks on a cross-country journey.
The Mauritanian, Directed by Kevin Macdonald, starring Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch
Based on the NY Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this is the true story of Salahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her associate Teri Duncan who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch, uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up.
The Report, Directed by Scott Z. Burns, starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening
An idealistic Senate staffer leads an investigation into the CIA’s post-9/11 Detention and Interrogation program, uncovering the lengths to which the agency went to hide a brutal secret from the American public.
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Each film will be accessible for 1-3 days, depending on rights and request, by participating personnel.
Each film will have a day highlighting the production and featuring live and pre-recorded speeches and panels from people associated with the film(s) for that day, and from 9/11 family members and first responders.
For More Information Please Contact:
Ari Radcliffe-Greene (617)388-8480 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All plot descriptions are quoted or adapted from the films’ websites and IMDb profiles.