Honoring the memory of those lost on 9/11
The Trees: Growing a Forest at Ground Zero (directed by Scott Elliott) documents the journey of over 400 Swamp White Oaks from their temporary home in New Jersey to the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza. What is the story of the trees? What will this new park and these trees mean to New Yorkers and the world? How do the trees, with their changing foliage, shape the experience of visitors? The Trees, which was filmed over the course of five years, answers these questions in a meditative, yet lively and dramatic, style. It explores the evolution of one portion of the 9/11 memorial using stories of designers, planners and builders. Through the lens of the trees that symbolize rebirth and renewal, this film asks how New York as a city and we as a nation remember and memorialize tragedy. The hope is that this glade of trees will rise above politics to create a powerful place for remembrance that is worthy of the victims of the September 11th attacks.
Released in 2015
Running time: 66 minutes
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