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This is a story about how we rise. After 9/11, #RobertDeNiro & Jane Rosenthal started a film festival to re-vitalize downtown Manhattan, which was covered in literal ash from the twin towers falling. Via the movies, they brought people to a neighborhood that was struggling. 1)
17 years later #TribecaFilmFestival is lit, burnished into the cultural life of a place that witnessed death, destruction, and backlash against Muslims. It was the worst terrorist attack on our country. 15 of the terrorists in the 4-pronged attacks came from Saudi Arabia. 2)
Saudi Arabia- not part of Donald’s Muslim ban. A country where execution by beheading happens. Ruled by a Crown Prince who wars with Yemen, who ordered a tortuous death of a Washington Post journalist, who is now getting nuclear information from us- Jared’s What’s App buddy. 3)
Back to Tribeca. I directed a doc on a charter school in Bklyn that played in a special screening. It was so long ago, .@HillaryClinton was our Senator and she introduced my film. She sat next to me attentively watching the whole movie. People were asking her if she would run. 4)
We know how that played out. Now, Hillary says our country needs a Watergate-type commission to focus on ways to combat Russian interference in our elections. We have to rise from the damage done. We did it before- after 9/11. We must do it again -now. 5) fortune.com/2019/04/24/hil…
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