UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a doc about the world’s largest forensic recovery project at New York’s Ground Zero site, tentatively titled 9/11: The Final Chapter.
The doc, a coproduction between Bearkatt Productions and GroupM Entertainment, follows the ongoing search for human remains at Ground Zero where, almost 13 years since the terrorist attacks, the remains of about one third of the 2,753 people who died are still missing.
The Elliot McCaffrey-directed film details the experiences of families waiting to hear about their loved ones, as well as the specialist machinery and DNA identification techniques needed to identify some 8,000 unidentified remains.
“It’s an indication of the sheer destructive brutality of 9/11 that 13 years after the event, the remains of more than 1,100 victims have still not been identified, and it’s an extraordinary demonstration of the endurance of the human spirit that the search for them, in the tons of shattered debris, still goes on,” said Simon Raikes, commissioning editor of factual at Channel 5, in a statement.
“This film offers a powerful and emotional insight into that process from the perspectives of both the forensic investigators and the families and friends of the missing.”
Bearkatt Productions exec producer Alex Sutherland added: “This film promises to be a definitive record of the effort by all the agencies involved, and a powerful and moving testimony to all the families of 9/11.”
The doc was commissioned by Raikes for Channel 5. Bearkatt EPs are Alex Sutherland and Denise Castelli, while GroupM Entertainment EPs include Abigail Adams and Tony Moulsdale. Zodiak Rights is representing the film at MIP.