In Our Son's Name

Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez's lives shatter when their son, Greg dies with thousands of others in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Instead of seeking revenge, the grieving parents begin a journey of reconciliation that transforms their lives.  The film follows their odyssey, which thrusts them reluctantly into the public eye as they speak out against war in Iraq and Afghanistan, oppose the death penalty for 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, and befriend his mother.

Seeking to understand the nature of violence, they engage in an emotional dialog with men incarcerated at Sing Sing prison for violent crimes, who themselves seek reconciliation. Over time Phyllis and Orlando reach a new understanding of their rebellious son, who had just begun to find his way when his life was cut short.
 
The film mixes in-depth interviews with on-location footage and striking archival photographs and video to create a deeply personal story that invites us to re-consider conventional concepts of justice and healing.
Awards: 

Winner 2016 Social Justice Film Festival Bronze Jury Award, Feature Documentary

Quotes: 

I watched this powerful and healing documentary in a lecture theater filled with utterly transfixed undergraduates – literally the 9/11 generation – and you could have heard a pin drop in the room. None of us could help but be moved, even transformed, by Phyllis and Orlando’s remarkable courage and dignity.”

  -Shadd Maruna, Dean, Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice

 

"In Our Son's Name" joins a growing list of emotionally gripping documentaries that offer answers rooted in restorative justice..."

  -Matthew T. Lee, University of Akron American Sociological Association Footnotes

 

"You cannot help but be impacted by the humility and grace that Phyllis and Orlando show in the face of their son's murder, nor to ask youself, 'Would I be able to do the same?'"

   - Shannon Moroney, restorative justice advocate and author

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