REBIRTH is a riveting journey into living history - an act of personal witness to one of the most profound events in American history and the healing that has come in its wake. The result of a decade-long process by director Jim Whitaker, the inspirational story of REBIRTH follows the nearly ten-year transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 - and simultaneously tracks via unprecedented multi-camera time-lapse photography the minute-by-minute evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose. Both a singular cinematic and human experience, REBIRTH is deeply intimate and uplifting - providing a moving portrait of how trauma and grief metamorphose into hope and rebuilding as the human spirit transcends the unthinkable over time.
- Jim Whitaker
Stands as both a tribute and a study in healing.Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 08.30.2011
A unique glimpse into the recovery mechanism of damaged hearts and bewildered minds, how a visage of hollowed-out sorrow after one year becomes a look of more peaceful acceptance down the road.Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 08.25.2011
Rebirth never persuasively builds to catharsis, and that's entirely for the best. Forget transcendence: The quintet's return to normal, quotidian lives is the most inspiring development of all.Eric Hynes, Village Voice, 08.30.2011
Not only one of the best distillations of that day, but a monument to humanity lost and gained.Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 09.01.2011