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As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, a video documentary looks at a forgotten side of the worst-ever foreign attack on American soil.
It doesn’t examine the enemy.
It doesn’t even focus on the victims.
It zeroes in on the rescue effort and something they found that had a dramatic effect on them – providing meaning and hope amid the tragedy and death.
Everyone who lived through the anguish of 9/11 remembers the image of what they discovered – an unmistakable cross made of twisted metal placed there at Ground Zero as if it had been intentionally planted. But 10 years later there is a new generation of Americans who have no recollection of either the cross or the towers or the tragedy.
That’s what makes “The Cross and the Towers” so timely.
The movie follows the lives of seven individuals whose lives were changed forever, not only by the events of that day, but by the events of the succeeding days. They were knee deep in a horror few Americans yet appreciate.
Anxiety and despair overcame the heroic rescuers as the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months.
Then they saw something that changed their perceptions, gave them new-found strength and purpose in their effort, uplifted their spirits.
“It was like a cavern that became a place of worship for the weary and for those working rescue and recovery heros at Ground Zero. It was as if God was holding out his hand and saying, ‘I am with you, I am here, come find peace in me,'” says the film’s producer Scott Perkins. “It was Gods house, a place for anyone to come and be ministered to.”
“The Cross and the Towers” fully explores this “phenomenon” for the first time ever. Miracle or anomaly, it made its impact on the lives of many. Thousands still flock to the memorial today.
“When we made this film it won several international film festivals, but today it still remains an untold story that people need to know,” says the film’s producer, Scott Perkins. “Now on the eve of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, I think we have the only authoritative and complete re-telling of the story behind the cross at ground zero. Today if the lawsuit serves as a platform to allow the stories of these brave American men and women who helped serve in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 to be heard by a wider audience, we feel the film will have served the purpose.”
“‘The Cross and the Towers’ is full of powerful imagery and powerful stories,” says Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WND. “It is moving. It is inspirational. It is a message of hope and triumph amid tragedy.”
As Perkins puts it, “It’s a story about hope in the midst of devastation when hope is nowhere to be found. It’s an answer from God when we ask Him … Where are you? It’s a story that everyone need to see because it can be an encouragement in our darkest hour.”