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  • Directors: Mike Lennon
  • Writers: Mike Lennon, Pete Hamill
  • Producers: Mike Lennon, Chris Roberto
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TSR2Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brothers... on Holy Ground" on IMDb

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A monumental achievement! Brothers On Holy Ground is the only documentary in existence made by a FDNY fireman, and it spans the time period before, during and after 9/11. Ftae called upon New York fireman Mike Lennon of Engine Co. 15 to make a documentary about his fellow New York firefighters before September 2001. After 9/11, Mike continued filming. Featuring interviews with firemen that perished on 9/11, as well as fellow survivors and family members during and after 9/11. The film also includes unique footage from Ground Zero. This historic film about the most tragic event of our times will leave no one untouched.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Len on November 5, 2009
Format: DVD
The enclosed was taken in it's entirety from the DVD Verdict website. I couldn't have said it any better....Len Jacobs

"The most heart-wrenching story in this 9/11 documentary belongs to rookie fireman Tommy Casatelli from Engine Company 226. He wasn't feeling well on that fateful day, and asked to switch places with fellow firefighter Brian McAleese. Casatelli drove the engine to the World Trade Center after the first plane hit and, as a result, he didn't go into the building. McAleese went in instead and, along with three other men from the 226, never came out. Casatelli's sit-down interview for the documentary is riddled with survivor's guilt, though the man is never self-pitying. He talks frankly about how the job of the driver is to stay with the engine and how, left alone in the midst of a disaster well beyond his comprehension or experience, he struggled to decide whether to follow his orders or gear up and enter the building. One can see how his decision to follow orders--not out of cowardice, but out of duty--haunts him, as does the decision to switch places with Brian McAleese. The validation and assurances of McAleese's mother, widow, and brother John, a fireman from Engine Company 219, have brought Casatelli little comfort. His story is a reminder that, for some, the horror of that day hasn't receded with the passage of time.

Brothers...On Holy Ground is the work of Mike Lennon, a retired New York City fireman who'd explored his interest in filmmaking by taking some classes at New School University. This documentary was an act of catharsis for him. Lennon sat down with over a dozen firefighters, a dispatcher, a few Manhattan residents, and a handful of 9/11 widows.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Tucker on June 25, 2005
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I'm watching as I write this, tears trickling from my eyes, blurring the men speaking on the video. The real story as told by the survivors, the families, the friends, the coworkers of that horrible day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill on September 25, 2010
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I was very pleasantly surprised with this video. I felt that this video brought a very real human element to light in the face of 9/11. We often hear of those we lost but not so much on the ones left behind and the guilt they often carry for being survivors. The toll on the fire departments that day was heavy and often we forget about the impact it is still having on people all these years later. I felt this was very well done.
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By Mrs. G. Chew on November 28, 2012
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I live in the UK, and was able purchase this because we'd just been given a TV which can play Region 1 DVDs.

This film is a deeply moving personal account by firefighters themselves who survived 9/11. I purchased it for our son's 13th birthday, as part of his lifelong ambition to be a firefighter, and how we support and encourage him in that life. I wanted him to understand not just the glamour, but also the emotion of being a firefighter: the inner strengths that are needed, and for which sometimes your own strength isn't enough, you have to go to God's strength, or you are injured in ways you can't always express.

Finding a film by a firefighter about the single greatest tragedy of any Fire Service career, the loss of a colleague, a brother, combined with the single greatest loss of any Fire Service anywhere, was something that made me trust that even though there might have been language that would not be appropriate for our son, the experiences related would be what he needed to understand. As it happens, I haven't found any language which I couldn't let his 8 year old sister hear, I have found firefighters who spoke with honesty and respect for each other. I know that American firefighters in particular have a reputation for playing as hard as they work, but here there is just the open heart of professional lives trying to explain and work through the devastation of unimaginable grief.

So, the format was one satisfaction. I knew the content would be, that wasn't ever an issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Gallagher on October 22, 2011
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it was well done and very touching. i would recomend it for all. so we never forget to remember those from that dark day in our past.
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