'Rising' documents the rebuilding at ground zero

'Rising' documents the rebuilding at ground zero

August 25th, 2011 in Life Entertainment

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks scant weeks away, a slate of retrospective specials and documentaries awaits us. Discovery leads the way with "Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero" (8 p.m.) airing in three-hour installments tonight and next Thursday. The Science Network will replay it in marathon fashion on Sunday, Sept. 11.

"Rising" documents the rebuilding project at and near the old World Trade Center site, featuring a massive office complex of four buildings, a museum and a memorial featuring the world's largest manmade waterfalls.

It shows how artifacts from the destroyed structure have been incorporated into the new site and explores the stories of ironworkers, firemen, policemen and family members associated with these relics.

Like anything to do with 9/11, "Rising" is filled with emotionally loaded memories, images and language. Such efforts are generally critic-proof, but it should be noted how the film's narrative often seems overly laden with hyperbole and hackneyed phrases that have attended all discussion of that dark day for the past 10 years. Perhaps it's time to find new ways to discuss these events. Films like "Rising" show us that we still have a long way to go.

profiling a legend

"Titans" (10 p.m., CNBC) profiles advertising legend Leo Burnett, whose agency, founded in 1935, would create such memorable icons as Tony the Tiger, the Jolly Green Giant and that old softy, the Pillsbury Doughboy.


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