Thursday, April 28, 2005

New Film About 9/11 Released in New York

A new film entitled "The Great New Wonderful" , a drama about the lives of people living in New York in the aftermath of 9/11, was released this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca was founded by Robert DeNiro in the aftermath of 11 September 2001 to bring vibrancy and money back to this hard-hit Manhattan neighborhood.

The film, I believe, is the first fictious film made dealing with 9/11. The film is set in 2002 and moves between characters' lives in the wake of the attacks.

But as exciting as this film sounds it isn't the film that is gardering criticism it is what the star of the film, Maggie Gyllenhaal, has been saying. And as we all know in this age of television when a celebrity, even a minor one such as Gyllenhaal, speaks people are apt to take notice.

However, Gyllenhall makes a good point when she said:

"I think America has done reprehensible things and is responsible in some way and so I think the delicacy with which it's dealt allows that to sort of creep in. Not to have the courage to ask these questions of ourselves is to betray the victims of 9/11."

Gyllenhaal goes on to say that 9/11 was,

" occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role in the world. It is always useful as individuals or nations to ask how we may have knowingly or unknowingly contributed to this conflict."
Those statements probably don't seem that controversial to anyone reading this blog but to people living IN THE DARK these comments are earth shattering.

However, according to AOL, Gyllenhaal's website had to be shut down after tons of people flocked to the message boards to criticize her comments as anti-American.

In the same article, AOL ran a poll that asked visitors wheather they aggreed with Gyllenhaal's comments. Of the over 100,000 people that voted 63% did not agree with her and 39% agreed with her comments.

The sad thing is that I doubt Gyllenhaal is well known enough to cause a stir in the mainstream Media.

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