REBUILDING THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, Marcus Robinson’s inspiring documentary chronicling the reconstruction of the World Trade Center and restoration of the New York City skyline, premieres Thursday, September 11, at 6 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY. The two-hour special – eight years in the making, from laying of the first foundation to triumphantly topping the gleaming new 104-story One World Trade Center with its spire – focuses on the construction workers who performed the Herculean task. They were the men and women who did the heavy lifting once the dream to rebuild was set into motion on the 16-acre site that witnessed the worst terrorist attack on American soil.
Robinson, an Irish artist and filmmaker renowned for architectural and industrial photography, arrived on the site in 2006, five years after the original World Trade Center was destroyed in the September 11 attacks. He placed 13 cameras throughout the site to document eight years of progress with stunning time-lapse imagery, and shadowed workers every step of the way as they turned a pile of ashes into a towering testament to imagination and resilience.
REBUILDING THE WORLD TRADE CENTER not only captures the lyrical beauty of the city’s new architectural gems, but also shares poignant personal stories from the unsung heroes of the project – the iron workers, crane operators, carpenters and surveyors, many of whom are second-generation construction workers whose parents and grandparents helped put up the original World Trade Center. For them, this was more than just another construction site, more than just another complex of buildings, more than just another job. They were on “sacred ground” and this was an opportunity to give the city and the entire country closure.
REBUILDING THE WORLD TRADE CENTER is filmed, produced and directed by Marcus Robinson. It is produced by Lion Television LLC, an All3 Media Group Company, for HISTORY. Executive producers for HISTORY are Susan Werbe, Molly Thompson and Dirk Hoogstra. Executive producer is Nick Catliff.