‘9/11: One Day in America: Stories of resilience, survival make up new NatGeo documentary series

Can your resilience be measured and improved upon?

In a world first, a South African laboratory, DNAlysis, in collaboration with managed healthcare provider Sutton Health, has developed a test that measures human resilience.

“The impact of a pandemic, a political instance or personally challenging circumstance that hinders your life path in any way requires a measure of resilience.”

Jason Bernic, Executive Life Coach

Previously, it was thought that resilience, or grit, was purely psychological, but the locally developed test zooms in on several aspects of genetics and creates a picture of predisposition to coping with the ever-changing stresses and demands of modern living: the science of survival.

“It’s taking what we know as ‘fight or flight mode’ to the next level,” says DNAlysis research and education head Helen Gautchi. And resilience has become a back-end of the pandemic buzzword as many struggle to cope with the rapid change in the way we now live, the socioeconomic and emotional pressures that are vastly different from just two years ago.”…READ ON

Stories of resilience, survival make up new NatGeo documentary series ‘9/11: One Day in America’

Dozens of stories of resilience make up the new documentary “9/11: One Day in America.” The series takes a deep dive into the heroism we saw on that day, recounting what took place 20 years ago, at times minute by minute – through first-person narratives of the first responders and survivors.

Filmmakers spent more than three years interviewing 54 people and learning their personal stories.

“You end up developing a relationship and a rapport through these first person accounts. That’s really the primary purpose is to be able to build empathy, to humanize the events verses kind of thinking of them in a geo-political way, which has kind of become the narrative as time has gone on,” said Executive Producer TJ Martin.

‘I think we were keen to take a step back and make sure that it was very much people who experienced that day had their voices heard,” said Executive Producer Caroline Marsden.

To create this docuseries, the filmmaking team sifted through almost 1,000 hours of archival footage – some of it, never seen before…READ ON

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