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Films for Justice Institute Films for Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law
Seattle University

A Documentary Film

Out of the Ashes: 9/11

On September 11th, 2001,

three thousand lives turned into ash....

Eleven days after the terrorist attack, united to express the country's sense of grief, the United States Congress enacted the largest public entitlement ever - the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund - to compensate victims of this tragedy.

The story of seven families provides an extraordinary window into the psychology of grief and justice as they explore the legal, moral and ethical ramifications of the Fund and the 9/11 court lawsuit.

The Fund was an unprecedented gesture - but was it sparked by compassion alone? Did the Fund undermine our legal system? Did the 9/11 families obtain justice?