Documentaries, Shorts & Features
9-11 First Responders Against War
Many stories have been told about the heroes of 9-11. Over 300 first responders gave their lives in attempts to save lives at Ground Zero in New York City. For many who survived, the horror of 9-11 and the days after continue to effect them every single day.
In NYC, there is a small group of first responders called Ground Zero for Peace who have called for nonviolent responses to the attacks. It is their belief that violence will only breed more violence. If we hope to eradicate terrorism, violence is not a solution. Reaction to their stance has been mixed, but never mild. Worlds Apart focuses on these heroes of 9-11, and their lives since that tragic day.
The documentary features footage from a peacemaking delegation that brought 9-11 EMT Megan Bartlett and Joe Public Films producer Tom Jackson to Afghanistan in May 2004. They met with Afghan first responders in an attempt to establish ties of friendship, and to see if Afghan rescue workers were really much different than those in NYC.
Joe Public Films has received exclusive Afghan battle & rescue footage from award winning cameraman M. Yousuf Jonnesar. The documentary features traditional Afghan music and songs from David Rovics, Emma's Revolution and others.
Below are a few sample clips of the film. These are fairly large files and may take a while to download but are worth the wait. The clips will open in a new window when you click on the thumbnail image. You will need the QuickTime plug-in to view them. You can get it for free here:
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For more information about the current situation in Afghanistan see "In Afghanistan, Selling War As Peace" by Marc W. Herold in Cursor. The article also contains a still frame from the JPF footage in Afghanistan.