True Crime New York: The Post 9/11 Universe

A quarterly meditation on the complexity of "true" crime in and around the rotten apple

Third World Newsreel,, Lillian Benson and the Maysles Cinema Present:



All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11

Lillian Benson, 2003, 28 min.

Twelve African American firefighters were among the World Trade Center victims on September 11th, 2001. This moving documentary profiles these heroes, their families and the ultimate sacrifices they made.



Enemy Alien

Konrad Aderer, 2011, 82 min.

Enemy Alien, a first-person documentary, is the gripping story of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Told through the eyes of the filmmaker, the grandson of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, this documentary takes on unprecedented intimacy and historical resonance. As the filmmaker confronts his own family legacy of incarceration, his involvement in the current struggle deepens. Resistance brings consequences: In retaliation for organizing a hunger strike, Farouk is locked in solitary confinement, and a counterterrorism investigation into the documentary itself triggers the arrest of Farouk’s American-born son Tarek.


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