You Are Here: A Come From Away Story
You Are Here - A Come From Away Story is an intimate feature documentary that goes deep into the community of Gander, Newfoundland where 38 airliners carrying over 6,500 passengers were forced to land after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
The film pulls back the emotional layers surrounding the five days during which the community housed, fed and cared for the dislocated passengers (or the "come from aways" in Newfoundland parlance). While their stories were the inspiration for the extraordinary Broadway hit musical, Come From Away, the documentary, You Are Here, reveals first-hand accounts of the great kindnesses and energetic resourcefulness the community showed their unexpected guests. Their emotional and sometimes humorous story of compassion and generosity, born of a long history of rescuing and welcoming shipwrecked sailors, resonates with a legacy of healing and reconciliation for the world - especially for the survivors of those murdered on 9/11, and for the first responders who lost their own lives saving others on that fateful day.—MDF Productions Inc
Andrew Parker/The Gate
Looks a lot more closely and realistically at the enormous task they faced and the selfless charity it took to watch over thousands of stranded travellers.
Susan G. Cole/Now Toronto
This story sure has legs – and why shouldn’t it? The way the people of Gander, Newfoundland, opened their hearts to travellers rerouted to their town during the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers is the perfect emotional foil for the brutal violence of that day.
Holly McKenzie-Sutter/Globe & Mail
Writing a film about a massive global tragedy and a wildly popular play came with the challenge of telling the story in a new light, but the lengthy post-production process uncovered a wealth of first-hand footage from locals, passengers and news outlets around the world.