PBS’s Frontline acquired a 9/11 documentary from Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed after the film was originally commissioned by UK’s Channel 4.
In the shadow of September 11 tells the story of the so-called “Liberty City Seven” – a group of young black men accused of aiding al-Qaeda in a plot to blow up buildings in the United States. Produced by the production company of Reed Amos Pictures, he considers the film to be his most complex and thought-provoking documentary to date.
The Liberty City Seven were not Muslims, had no weapons, and never communicated with anyone from Al Qaeda. Skeptical juries twice quashed the trial, and five of the seven were not convicted until the third federal trial, three years after their arrest.
Two were acquitted, while the other five were convicted and have since been released from prison. They quietly melted into American life, forever marked with the label “terrorist”.
Frontline will be broadcast In the shadow of September 11 in August after acquiring the documentary from distributor Abacus Media Rights. Frontline Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath said, “We are proud to bring this story of injustice in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to our audiences here in the United States, and to work with Dan for the first time. . He’s an extraordinary filmmaker whose dedication to uncovering the truth about complex stories fits perfectly with Frontline’s brand of investigative reporting.