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16 Acres
Directed by Richard Hankin

92 minutes, documentary, color, 2012

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The rebuilding of Ground Zero is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex construction project in recent American history. The struggle to develop these 16 acres of 'sacred' land has encompassed 12 years, 19 government agencies, and over $20 billion. Aside from the engineering challenges, various constituencies - politicians, developers, architects, insurers, local residents, and relatives of 9/11 victims - profess conflicting claims to the site.

16 Acres is the inside story of how and why this historic project got built. At the heart of the story is the dramatic tension between noblest intentions, the desire of everyone involved to "get it right," and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City.

Featuring Michael Bloomberg, George Pataki, Daniel Libeskind, David Childs, Larry Silverstein and more.

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"Incisive and absorbing. A fascinating portrait of trying to make headway in the charged atmosphere of devastating personal loss and wounded national pride. Whether it's following the protests of a deceased firefighter's sister or tracing a humanity-restoring biography of vilified developer Larry Silverstein, Hankin's evenhanded film builds a concise, enlightening account from a decade of confusion." - Los Angeles Times

"Riveting and emotional." - New York Post

"Uncommonly engrossing and articulate." - Variety

"This strikingly coherent documentary chronicles the tortured process to rebuild the devastated Ground Zero site. Featuring candid interviews with many of the principals involved - including former New York governor George Pataki, much vilified real-estate developer Larry Silverstein, architects Daniel Libeskind and Michael Arad, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and various officials of such key agencies as the Port Authority and Lower Manhattan Development Corporation - the film even-handedly lets them have their say without excessive editorializing. Offering frequently acerbic outsider comments are architecture critic Philip Nobel and Esquire writer Scott Raab, while Rosaleen Taloon, the sister of a firefighter who provides movingly personal viewpoints." - The Hollywood Reporter

"A unique look at civic strife and a city's spirit." - New York Daily News

"Highly recommended... a riveting and gossipy slice of recent history." - Video Librarian




Vanity Fair Exclusive Video: The Lost Letter that Ruined Original Plans for the Freedom Tower.

Disc Features

• Photo Gallery: From 9/11 to Present
• Bonus Videos: Helicopter Delivering Spire to top of Tower / Animated Sequence of the Rebuilding Efforts

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