Up From Zero” is a documentary film that pays tribute to the brave men and women of the New York City building trades who put themselves on the line on September 11, 2001 – and for nine months afterward – to reclaim Ground Zero.
Thousands of these workers had converged on Lower Manhattan in the immediate aftermath of the attacks to help in the rescue, recovery, and clean up efforts at the World Trade Center. Ground Zero was the most dangerous work site in America, and these men and women worked at great personal risk. It is a tribute to their courage and skill that they completed the job ahead of schedule and without serious injuries.
The documentary contains original film footage and personal interviews with the workers.
“This film is the story of their patriotism, strength, and determination. I’m proud that the U.S. Department of Labor played a part in helping to tell it. I know you will be as inspired by their story as I am.” – Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao