From the February 2004 screening at the Schomburg Center in New York:
Craig Kelly, Ruth Powell, Irene Smith and Maria Mojica and friends.
Press about All Our Sons:
All Our Sons
is and should be colorblind, but this sensitive and beautifully crafted
28-minute documentary offers a startling tribute to 12 forgotten heroes: African-American
New York firefighers who perished in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Blessed
with graceful narration by Alfre Woodard, the film visits the families of seven
of the 12, who relate intimate and often heartbereaking recollections that
are both inspiring and tragic. Offering individual portraits of courage and
valor, the film also touches on a contentious issue that continues to plague
the fire departments in both New York and other major cities: the conspicuous
lack of non-white firefighters. In New York, the demographic makeup of the
FDNY ( which is at least 95 per cent white male) bears no resemblance to the
city's racial mix and also has a nasty history of refusing all attempts to
boost minority recruitment. The firefighters memorialized here are well-deserving
of the recognition bestowed in this moving short documentary. Highly recommended.
-- Video Librarian November-December 2005
Sensitive and beautifully crafted...highly recommended.
NPR : 'All Our Sons': 9-11's Black Firemen Remembered
Fallen Black 9/11 Firemen Paid Tribute In Film
Their Sons Perished in the Flames, But Not Their Faith
The crew of All Our Sons with Fannie Cherry, mother of Vernon Cherry.
Lillian Benson, Joe Staton, (2nd row) Shannon Gee, Booker T. Mattison,
Paul Washington, Vulcan Society, and Craig Kelly.