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The Trees: Growing a Forest at Ground Zero

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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