Tuesday, January 06, 2015

"The Woman Who Wasn't There": she concocts a fake story of surviving 9/11 in NYC


Meredith Vieira has produced a curious documentary “The Woman Who Wasn’t There” (2012), directed by Angelo Guglielmo and Robin J. Fisher, about a woman who claimed to have survived the 9/11 attack on the South Tower and who helped organize a major support group in NYC for survivors.  The problem is, this was all a hoax. 
  
The woman was Tania Head.  She was actually in Barcelona, Spain at the time, but arrived in NYC shortly.  She had even recovered from an auto crash in Spain which had resulted in surgery to reattach her arm.  She claimed she was rescued by a firefighter on 9/11 with her arm dangling.
  
The film opens with the 5-year anniversary commemoration in 2006, as members of her group start to question the lack of verification of her facts, particularly when checked by search engines on the Internet. 

After the ruse was exposed, Tania disappeared for three years, to reappear in 2011.  She did this just to feel important, not for money.  So her time for “Do Ask, Do Tell” definitely arrived.
  
The film uses a lot of rotoscopic animation to recreate her supposed narrative of 9/11, with ingenious special effects to highlight the effects of the tower collapses on lower Manhattan.

The title of the film of course echoes the Coen Brothers black comedy 2001 film “The Man Who Wasn’t There”, also the title of a Dateline mystery episode (reviewed on TV blog Jan. 2).


The official site is here  (Cinedigm). The film can be watched on Netflix instant play. 
  

Wikipedia attribution link for NASA aerial view of Barcelona. 

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