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A 19-Year-Old Filmmaker Creates a Space For Children of 9/11 To Tell Their Stories

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Delaney Colaio was just three years old when she lost her dad and two uncles on September 11th. Now, sixteen years later, she's sharing her journey and the journeys of other grown children impacted the tragedy. Her film, "We Go Higher: A Documentary of Hope," follows the children of 9/11 victims whose lives will forever be impacted by the events in 2001.

Produced by Women Rising, the documentary is the first of its kind. According to Variety, 3,051 people aged 18 or younger lost a parent due to the September 11th attacks. "It's healing to work on this film, Colaio told the New York Daily News. "I want to be able to respond in a different way, with love and hope and forgiveness and peace."

The project, which is expected to be released in 2018, has a specific reasoning behind the title. "We wanted to show when there's a tragedy that happens in your life, you have the choice to rise above it and go higher, [rather] than go low to hate and violence," 19-year-old Colaio, a freshman at Quinnipiac University, told the Daily News.

Colaio lined up interviews with dozens of children of 9/11 victims, including 28-year-old Brian Cosgrove. "I think my purpose in life is to share my message, which is the same as Delaney's...We're just lacking love and connection in society as a whole, I believe," he explained.

The film's proceeds will benefit Tuesday's Children, an organization formed after 9/11 that aids in recovery for those impacted by loss.

“Tuesday’s Children is honored to be a part of this project,” Terry Grace Sears, exec director, told Variety. “It is rewarding to know that some of the children of 9/11 are being given the opportunity to participate in their own way on their own terms about their healing process after losing their parents. There is no greater voice to uphold the American spirit than the children of 9/11 and to show the world how we can rebuild and be stronger than before.”

(Image courtesy of Women Rising)

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