'Out of the Ashes' selected for Politics on Film festival

(April 20, 2011) Professor Marilyn Berger's documentary chronicling the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will be featured at the 2011 Politics on Film festival in Washington, D.C.

The screening will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at West End Cinema. A panel discussion will follow with Berger, Ken Feinberg, the special master of the 9/11 fund; Deborah Greenspan, the deputy special master of the fund; and Rob Strayer, director of the National Security Preparedness Group.

Politics on Film is the nation's first juried film festival with a mission to highlight political film broadly, providing a platform for filmmakers who focus on government, the electoral process, or pressing public policy issues, and establishing an entertaining and educational opportunity for the community. The festival will award prizes in three categories: Audience Favorite, Founders Award and Jury Grand Prize. It is a project of the Washington Political Film Foundation and is made possible by an alliance with the Bipartisan Policy Center.

"Out of the Ashes," which was produced by Berger through her Films for Justice Program at the law school, is a powerful story about the controversial September 11 Victim Compensation Fund and whether it offered justice to survivors and their families. It examines the legal, moral and ethical ramifications of the Fund and its impact on the civil justice system.

The film tells how the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was created and implemented, portraying both its strengths and its weaknesses. It asks important questions about the Fund's effectiveness, its administration and the precedent it set while telling the heart-wrenching and inspiring stories of seven 9/11 families. It includes exclusive interviews with the Special Master of the Fund, Kenneth Feinberg, and the lawyers who helped families navigate the system.

Read more about Berger's making of "Out of the Ashes."