Women Rising is Sara Hirsh Bordo's production company, one with a mission: to create "content and experiences to empower women and girls." It's an important mission, one that was behind last year's powerful documentary A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story. And this year, Bordo is telling a new, equally important story.
We Go Higher is a documentary that follows Delaney Colaio, who was three years old when she lost her father Mark and two uncles, Stephen and Thomas, in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. After being invited to tell her story at Guantanamo Bay, Colaio has made it her goal to meet with other children of 9/11 victims, "in order to unify their community and shed new light on their shared experience from one of tragedy to hope." Colaio is co-directing and co-writing the film alongside A Brave Heart's Michael Campo.
“I’ve always been defined by 9/11,” said Delaney. “I feel grateful that this film will give me the opportunity to give my pain a sense of purpose while also sharing what this tragedy has taught me and other children. We all grieve differently, but this film will show how you can reach a sense of hope through loss.”
A total of 3,051 young people from the ages of 0-18 lost their parent(s) on September 11, 2001. In a time of political and cultural disconnect, these kids want to bring a story of hope and inspiration to the forefront. Led by Delaney, audiences will follow five other stories and venture with them on their unique journeys to rise above and bring strength, love, and peace to those around them.
“WE GO HIGHER aims to be a tool for recovery and will work to inspire a new and renewed sense of hope and unity, said Women Rising Founder & WE GO HIGHER Producer, Sara Hirsh Bordo. “Delaney’s bravery and the bravery of the kids to step forward and cast a new light on darkness in a positive way, represents the strength of a new kind of American hero.”
We Go Higher is being funded by the International Documentary Association’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program, and you can contribute to the film with a tax-deductible donation here. Proceeds for We Go Higher will benefit Tuesday's Children, a response and recovery organization "founded to promote long-term healing in all those directly impacted by the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001."
Keep your eye out for We Go Higher and for all other projects by Women Rising. They're doing good work, and we're happy to help spread the word.