"Love Hate Love," a new September 11th-related documentary that was executive produced by Sean Penn, is making its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following report.
The new documentary "Love Hate Love" follows the difficult journeys of three families who were victims of separate terrorist attacks -- the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the 2005 London bus bombing and the Bali nightclub bombing in 2002. It's a look at how these people from different corners of the world tried to create a lasting legacy for their loved ones and in the process serve as an inspiration to others.
Appropriately, the movie is having its world premiere just blocks away from where the Twin Towers once stood. Executive producer Sean Penn was at the premiere.
Neil Rosen: As a high-profile actor, do you feel a responsibility [with] projects such as this and other projects that you're involved in to lend your name and to be involved in stuff like this that actually helps humanity?
Penn: I'd like to think that I'm not a high-profile actor. I don't think that this has anything to do with acting, except to the degree that it's louder and more people hear it. But I don't really take responsibility for that. I take responsibility to lend my time and energies to things to help when I have those times and energies to give.
Filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy want to show how victims of terror can become agents of peace.
Nachman: We had done a piece on the victims of 9/11 and the final quote in the movie was 'Either love will conquer hatred or hatred will destroy us.' And that's the inspiration for this film, and it's all about the loving ways of reacting to terrorism.
Rosen: What do you want people to take away from this?
Hardy: I really would like people to look at this as a movie where there's an example here that we can all do our part to try and nudge the world in the right direction.
The trio behind the film shared their thoughts on how far things have come since September 11th.
Penn: Not far enough.
Nachman: Now it's just amazing to be here, just a short walk from where it happened, to be able to give a story of inspiration. Just shows the resilience of humankind, really.
Hardy: Absolutely, this is where we always wanted to be with the film and to be able to watch this with a New York audience is a real privilege.
For more information, scheduling and ticket info on "Love Hate Love," visit tribecafilm.com.