Bridget Gormley. One-on-One with the Filmmaker Behind “Dust: The Lingering Legacy of 9/11”. Accidental Activism and Multigenerational Trauma. Frankie Cooks Up Her Famous Firehouse Chili.

  • Posted: 20 May 2022

Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content. 

Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally. Hosted by FDNY Hero and renowned advocate for firefighters, Rob Serra. 

September 11 is a painful day in our country’s history. And for much of our country it’s just that. History. But some people have to live with it every day. They have to live with the effects of the toxins. The trauma. The pain. And it doesn’t end there. One of the greatest tragedies of the whole thing is that the trauma is passed along to the children of the first responders. 

This week we’ve got one of those kids. She’s grown up now, and she’s pissed off. Her father died from 9/11 related illness and as a result, like a lot of our guests and people that listen to this show, she became an accidental activist. Bridget Gormley (@bridget_gormley) is film maker, a producer, an activist, and a helper. Her film Dust is focused on the challenges 9/11 first responders face. 

From the Dust website: ““DUST” highlights the tragedy of the people who relive 9/11 and deal with its deadly legacy on a daily basis. While their lives were spared that day, they now face a mounting health crisis. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing human toll of 9/11 – nearly two decades later. As thousands continue to die, survivors are forced to fight political and legal battles for recognition and compensation. “DUST” brings the tragedy into the painful present where survivors are still burdened by the past. Up until now, the 9/11 narrative has mostly focused on “what happened”. As tens of thousands continue to become sick, “DUST” explores a new direction in the narrative: “What is happening now, and what have we learned”?”

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