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Frontline - Faith & Doubt at Ground Zero
Frontline - Faith Doubt at Ground Zero
Actors: Kathryn Walker, Marian Fontana, Dr. Michael Brescia, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Tim Lynston
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
UR     2003     2hr 0min

Ground Zero in Manhattan has become a site of pilgrimage. Thousands of people visit the site, looking for consolation and questioning the events of September 11. There is a profound quiet to their meditations. Starting her...  more »


Movie Details

Actors: Kathryn Walker, Marian Fontana, Dr. Michael Brescia, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Tim Lynston
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Documentary
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 09/09/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Utterly Profound:
Shawn P. Meehan | 03/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"FRONTLINE proved to me that they truly are the most courageous journalistic program produced in the United States with the release of this Awarding winning (2002) examination of the World Trade Center attack. FEAR & DOUBT at GROUND ZERO digs much deeper than the science of why the towers collapsed or what motivated the insane rapture that rationalized besides justifying the full horror (spelled out within the boundaries of "good taste") of the WTC attack.
Religion is what precipitated the attack of the WTC on September 11, 2001. The 'evil' that brought down the WTC towers can be found in "good" peoples hearts everywhere and regardless of their religious traditions, principals and concepts of righteous justice. 'Fear & Doubt' points out what peoples must understand in the darkness of their own religious convictions and in failing to do so could result in acts similar to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
This is by far the most eloquent, poetic and startling examination of the causation of acts of evil from a most eclectic group of religious thinkers that reach across the theological landscape. Truly a masterpiece.
" amazing program!
Caitlin Metcalf | United States of America | 09/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Frontline's "Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero caused me to do a scrutiny of where I stand after 9-11. Before 9-11 I was on a spiritual quest. As a Christian, and a Catholic, I went through the fundamental stage of absolutism, meaning I drank in all the church taught and swallowed it whole. It was quite black and white to me. Then I entered different stage of spirituality, where I began seeing my own life as a gospel, a relationship with Jesus that was unique to me and profound. Then I entered another stage... Where nothing could be taken for granted, where possibities of God did not come from organized religion, but from my own thoughts, experiences and explorations. I value Saying 3 in the gnostic Gospel of Thomas, "...the kingdom of God is inside you and outside you. When you know yourselves then you will be known, and understand that you are children of the living Father (God, Mother, whatever Name your beliefs embrace)." I much appreciate the scrutiny of faith in which this program delved. It is a real warning, to me, about creating a God for whom one would kill. It is a real warning about fundamentalism and the creation of a religion that proclaims itself the One and Only. It fortifies my belief, held since early childhood, and I have no idea from where it came, unless it was the Voice of the God within, that there is no room for exclusion, or supremacy in my own personal view of the Divine. I am so very grateful to experience the strengths and falterings of so many different people, carrying so many different beliefs, and their soul-searcing, honest pursuit of even rejection of the Divine in this program. I have to add, and hope there is no offense, it is my deepest hope we learn the lessons 9-11 so abundantly offered. Kathleen"