The Woman Who Wasn’t There, from Meredith Vieira Productions and 4235 Productions, will air on U.S. net Investigation Discovery’s ‘ID Films’ doc strand on April 17.
As previously reported, the film tells the story of Tania Head (pictured), a woman who claimed she had escaped from the Twin Towers on 9/11, and that her fiance had died. After becoming the face of the tragedy, and becoming president of the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network in 2004, a New York Times article blew the lid off of her story, revealing it was all lies.
The Woman Who Wasn’t There began when Head approached director Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr. to create a small advocacy film, documenting the resilience of 9/11 survivors. Guglielmo filmed hours of exclusive interview footage with Head, and also had participation from The World Trade Center Survivor’s Network in order to tell the complete story of the rise of the “survivor,” and the revelation of her lies, in order to get to the bottom of who Tania Head actually was.
“Despite the traumatic impact, those who lived through 9/11 have a yearning to feel connected, even in some small way. In an extreme example, Tania Head crafted her story in order to belong, making herself both a victim and a hero on that tragic day,” said Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of Investigation Discovery.
“The Woman Who Wasn’t There is a chilling and enthralling look at how one person’s desire to be a part of America’s inspiring recovery can go to such deceptive lengths, and will likely leave viewers with more questions than answers.”
As a companion piece to the documentary, the non-fiction book The Woman Who Wasn’t There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception (Touchstone Hardcover/Simon & Schuster) will be released on April 3, written by New York Times bestselling author Robin Gaby Fisher and filmmaker Guglielmo, Jr.
The Woman Who Wasn’t There is produced by Amy Rapp of Meredith Vieira Productions and Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr., and executive produced by Meredith Vieira and Academy Award-winning director Ross Kauffman. For Investigation Discovery, Ron Simon is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production.