September 22, 2021

9/12: From Chaos to Community, presented by Nyack Library

Rivertown Film is pleased to be a Community Partner supporting the Nyack Library’s two screenings of 9/12: From Chaos to Community, a film by Susanna Styron.

Twenty years ago, in the wake of the September 11 attacks, New Yorkers from all walks of life felt compelled to overcome their sense of powerlessness by volunteering to help out in the recovery effort. They brought in supplies, set up relief stations, and for ten months fed and cared for the recovery workers. Many deep and unexpected — even unlikely — relationships developed out of this. Using cinéma vérité footage, interviews and archival photographs, the film follows several characters through a series of events reuniting them with each other after the closing of the site. Their stories present a portrait of the city within a city that was Ground Zero, and examine how an extremely diverse group of people transcended politics and culture in an effort to heal their city and themselves.

9/12: From Chaos to Community — a 60-minute character-driven documentary — is a vibrant, moving, sometimes funny, sometimes painful portrayal of hope and healing in the wake of disaster.

Twenty years ago, in November 2001, Rockland County filmmaker Susanna Styron began volunteering at Ground Zero. “What I expected was a grim, dark and hopeless place. What I found instead was a city within a city where people worked, slept, ate, cried — even laughed — and above all gave each other support and comfort… Everyone down there said the same thing: ‘You can’t describe it. No one would understand.’ This is my attempt — through the recollections and experiences of those who lived and breathed it — to share it, to describe it, and to any extent possible, make it understood.”

At the Nyack Library
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Monday, September 13, 2:00 PM

Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 PM