Epicenters, Spike Lee and the resilience of New York

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– NEW YORK, AUGUST 19 – From 11 September to the pandemic, passing through the social and racial revolts of the Black Lives Matter movement. The epicenter? New York City. The Big Apple’s starring for better or for worse is the subject of the new project by Spike Lee, the New York director par excellence. NYC EPICENTERS 9/11 ➔ 2021½ will debut August 22 on HBO Max. It is a four-part documentary whose latest episode will air to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers which is above all a rich man fresco of New York in the 21st century and weaves stories, memories and perspectives of those who have witnessed the greatest challenges of the city, including 9/11, the pandemic and the racial riots.
In what is a tribute to the city that Lee himself called “the best on the face of the earth”, the director conducted over 200 interviews that are a first-hand testimony of the events of the past 20 years. These are rescuers, politicians, volunteers, journalists, ordinary people who have told of life, death and survival in New York and once again demonstrating the resilience of the city that leads it to rise and rise from its ashes always and in spite of everything. As a resident of New York, Lee is also personally involved.
Furthermore, the events of the pandemic in their own way are intertwined with those of 9/11. Attacks of a different nature but which put a strain on the city. Particularly dramatic are the images of people jumping from the two towers to try to escape the flames. You hear the sound of bodies crashing to the ground under the incredulous eyes of those who watch without being able to do anything. In the same way there is the drama of the medical staff who, especially at the beginning of the pandemic, are faced with an emergency never seen before, with thousands of people crowding the hospitals. At the end of the day all that remains is the death toll and the feeling of failure for not being able to save lives. In addition, the pain of families made even more acute by the inability to say goodbye to their loved ones in person and at best only through a video call. (HANDLE).

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