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9/11 Documentary on Fordham Professor Airs on Public Broadcasting


A 9/11-themed documentary which had its premiere at Fordham in 2015 will be extensively aired on PBS stations nationwide from Sept. 6 through Sept. 15, in recognition of the anniversary of the World Trade Center attack.

The documentary, entitled In Our Son’s Name, follows the journey of Orlando Rodriguez, Ph.D., professor of sociology, and his wife, Phyllis, to reconcile the death of their son. Gregory Rodriguez died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The documentary tells the story of a friendship that formed following the tragedy between Gregory’s bereaved parents and the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui, one of the 9/11 conspirators.

The film features in-depth interviews that span seven years and more, and delivers a personal account of the effects of 9/11 and the ensuing trial on families’ lives. The narrative follows the Rodriguez’s involvement in the trial of Moussaoui, who was threatened with execution, and their discussions on remorse with convicted felons.

In Our Son’s Name premiered at Fordham in the spring of 2015. Since then it has been shown at numerous film festivals, academic institutions, churches, and mosques. It was one of the selections shown in the Global Peace, Peace on Earth, and Atlanta Film Festivals, and has been called: “a compelling message that further violence does not ease the pain of victims’ family members…” complete list of air times can be found at

Locally, the documentary will air on New York stations WLIW21 and on  WLIW21.3 – see air times below.

WLIW21 – September 8 at  2 pm
September 15 at 2 am

WLIW21.3 – New York, NY September 6, 9 pm
September 7, 1 am / 9 am / 3 pm
September 10, 11 am
September 11, 3 am / 10 am / 6 pm

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