If you were fortunate enough to see the Broadway touring production of the Tony-winning musical Come from Away a few months ago at the Straz, I suspect you might have immediately hit Google afterwards, as I did, to see how much of the musical’s story was true. Just about all if it, as it turns out. The new documentary You Are Here: A Come from Away Story, screening today at select theaters, introduces the real people who inspired it: the citizens of Gander, Newfoundland, who fed and cared for over 6,500 passengers in 38 airliners forced to land there after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, and the passengers (the “come from aways”) whose stories figured prominently, including a couple who met and fell in love and a businessman who went on to create Good Samaritan initiatives in cities like Austin, Texas. On this day that brings back so many terrible memories, it’ll be good to recall, through this film, the generosity and empathy that arose out of the disaster among strangers in a small Canadian town. 9/11, 7 p.m., Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park, Hyde Park Cinebistro in Tampa and Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar, fathomevents.com.
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