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February 03, 2007

Saint of 9/11 - 5

This is a documentary about one of the first causalities of 9/11, a NYFD chaplain named Mychal Judge. Ian McKellen narrates as friends and acquaintances talk about his life. The film starts out as a tribute to a man who loved his neighbor and showed love wherever he went. Near the end of the film, there is a sudden shift to the fact that he was gay. The political undertone is that because he was a gay Fransican priest, that he was only recognized by friends as gay and had to play a part to most others because of the stigma. The film stays at a rather superficial level and ends up just being a tribute. The making of the film is somewhat due to the fact that Judge was not recognized as a victim of 9/11 by the mainstream media or political figures. An interesting story for conversations, but not a very well made documentary- it is mostly a few short segments that don't add up to a whole film.

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