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Rebirth (2011)

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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. -- (C) Oscilloscope

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Critic Reviews for Rebirth

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

For all the grievously familiar contours of its story, "Rebirth" holds an improbable store of surprises, thanks to the deft, sensitive direction of Bethesda native Jim Whitaker.

September 9, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Not only one of the best distillations of that day, but a monument to humanity lost and gained.

September 2, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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For a film whose title evokes new beginnings, this portrait of five people devastated by the 2001 terrorist attacks treads dangerously close to necrophilia.

August 31, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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A bit more context about some of the topics the witnesses discuss would have been welcome, but Whitaker's stark, unshowy style is probably the most effective way to approach 9/11.

August 31, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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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.

August 30, 2011 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Stands as both a tribute and a study in healing.

August 30, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Rebirth

This documentary follows five people in the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster for ten years as they deal with scars both emotional and physical. An impressive and reverent tribute to humanity's resiliency in recovering from tragedy. A must see for anyone personally affected by the events of 9/11.

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