Rebirth Premieres at Sundance Film Festival

Rebirth, the feature-length documentary directed by Georgetown alumnus Jim Whitaker that chronicles recovery post-9/11, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday. CNDLS is collaborating with Project Rebirth and Columbia University's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning to design educational uses for the film's interview archive; for example, clips were shown at a recent training session on stress and trauma for new recruits in the Arlington Fire Department. As one reviewer wrote in the Hollywood Reporter: "The film has so much to say not just about our nation's struggle to recover from 9/11, but about survivor's guilt, despair and recovery from trauma in general. These people experienced 9/11 directly, but as a nation we all suffer from its effect. Here's hoping Rebirth can launch a kind of collective recovery." Long-term plans for the Project Rebirth Center call for the development of an online social environment where first responders, survivors of traumatic events, and other members of the public can interact around the footage and other materials. 

Rebirth, the feature-length documentary directed by Georgetown alumnus Jim Whitaker that chronicles recovery post-9/11, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday.

Rebirth, the feature-length documentary directed by Georgetown alumnus Jim Whitaker that chronicles recovery post-9/11, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday. CNDLS is collaborating with Project Rebirth and Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning to design educational uses for the film’s interview archive; for example, clips were shown at a recent training session on stress and trauma for new recruits in the Arlington Fire Department.

As one reviewer wrote in the Hollywood Reporter: “The film has so much to say not just about our nation’s struggle to recover from 9/11, but about survivor’s guilt, despair and recovery from trauma in general. These people experienced 9/11 directly, but as a nation we all suffer from its effect. Here’s hoping Rebirth can launch a kind of collective recovery.”

Long-term plans for the Project Rebirth Center call for the development of an online social environment where first responders, survivors of traumatic events, and other members of the public can interact around the footage and other materials.