11, 2008 Guest – Jules and Gedeon Naudet
Program: Terror and Faith
On the day of the terrorist attacks in September
2001, acclaimed French filmmakers, Gedeon and Jules Naudet
(shown left to right)
were caught in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Jules was
shooting inside when the South Tower fell. "On September 11, we faced
death and thought we had lost each other," said Jules Naudet. "This
harrowing experience was the first step in a journey that would take us
around the world searching for answers to the meaning of life."
The brothers' quest took them to Egypt, England, India, Israel, Japan,
Lebanon, Russia and the Vatican, as well as Illinois and South Carolina.
In regard to the 12 leaders selected for the special IN GOD'S NAME,
Gedeon explained, "We chose [them] because of the vast number of
believers--more than four billion – that their faiths represent...We
also wanted to explore the diversity of spirituality in our world
The brothers' previous project, the documentary "9/11," won an Emmy for
Outstanding Non-Fiction Special in 2002. Their first feature, "Hope,
Gloves and Redemption," about young boxers in Spanish Harlem, took
grand-jury honors in 2000 at the New York International Independent Film
and Video Festival. Born in Paris, both Jules and Gedeon are graduates
of New York University's Film School.