About the Film
Thousands of lives were shattered by three separate acts of terrorism: the attacks on the World Trade Center, the London bus bombing and the Sari Club bombing in Bali. This inspirational documentary tracks the difficult journeys of three families torn apart by these events as they struggle to pick up the pieces, create lasting legacies for loved ones lost, and ensure love triumphs over hatred.
Film In Context: Terrorism in the 21st Century
September 11th, 2001
- On the morning of September 11th, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners.
- American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the Twin Towers. Both towers collapsed within two hours of the attack, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others.
- American Airlines flight 77 was crashed into The Pentagon killing 125 people.
- The fourth plane, United Airlines flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane.
- Nearly 3,000 victims died in the attacks.
- One World Trade Center, expected to be the tallest building in North America, is currently under construction at Ground Zero with an anticipated completion in 2013.
October 12th, 2002: Bali bombings
- Bali is a small island located in Indonesia. A frequent stop for foreigners, it became a terrorist target on October 12, 2002.
- The attack was the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia, killing 202 people, including 88 Australians, and 38 Indonesian citizens.
- The attack involved the detonation of three bombs near popular nightclubs in Bali.
- Various members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, were convicted in relation to the bombings, including three individuals who were sentenced to death.
July 7th, 2005: London bombings
- Often referred to as 7/7, the London bombings were a series of coordinated suicide attacks upon Londoners using the public transportation system during the morning rush hour.
- Four suicide bombers detonated four bombs, three on London Underground trains, and a fourth bomb exploding an hour later in a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square.
- Fifty-six people were killed by the attacks, and about 700 were injured.
- A permanent memorial that includes a concrete beam for every victim of the attacks was dedicated four years after the bombings, in Hyde Park, London.
While terrorism is very much a threat in the post 9/11 world, there are strong movements working to counter the work of terrorism and hatred by building peace and mutual understanding between different cultures. Love Hate Love profiles three individuals who were affected by the above terrorist attacks, and yet, these individuals and their families chose to enact positive change in the lives of others, rather than hatred. The movement toward peace and understanding is growing. Some individuals and organizations working to open dialogue and make peace a reality include:
- Greg Mortensen, an American climber who has founded 50 schools in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Members of 9/11 families who have created Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization aimed at bringing understanding between cultures.
- Seeds of Peace, an organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.