BOATLIFT: An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

By  //  July 1, 2013

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'A hero is a man who does what he can'

THE ABOVE 12-MINUTE VIDEO DOCUMENTARY tells the remarkable, and overlooked, story from 9/11 of the evacuation by water of an estimated 500,000 New Yorkers.

The film, “BOATLIFT,” recounts how the panicked people of New York made their way to the waterfront in Lower Manhattan and boarded a flotilla of ferryboats, Coast Guard vessels and civilian boats that answered the call.

The film, "BOATLIFT," recounts how the panicked people of new York made their way to the waterfront in Lower Manhattan and boarded a flotilla of ferryboats, Coast Guard vessels and civilian boats that answered the call. (Boatlift video image)

The film, “BOATLIFT,” recounts how the panicked people of new York made their way to the waterfront in Lower Manhattan and boarded a flotilla of ferryboats, Coast Guard vessels and civilian boats that answered the call. (Boatlift video image)

Actor Tom Hanks narrates this heroic epic story of the largest waterborne evacuation in history – even larger than the evacuation of 340,000 British and French soldiers from Dunkirk during World War II.

“They were just steaming out of the buildings and the first mode of transportation they saw was a ferryboat, that’s when they know, this is how I’m getting out of here,” said one New York Waterway captain, according to the Road to Resilience site.

COMMUNITY & NATIONAL RESILIENCE

“BOATLIFT” was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke and premiered on September 8 at the 9/11 10th Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington.

The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises. The film was made with the generous support by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita and TotalBank.


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