You Are Here: A Come From Away Story heading to HBO on September 11

HBO Canada will present the world television premiere of YOU ARE HERE: A COME FROM AWAY STORY on the 17thanniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tuesday, September 11, at 9 p.m. ET, it was announced today. The poignant new 84-minute Bell Media Original Documentary tells the story of how a small community in Gander, Newfoundland welcomed more than 6,500 ‘Come From Aways’ on September 11, 2001. Following its broadcast premiere, the documentary will also join CraveTV in 2019.

When U.S. airspace was completely shut down in the hours following the terrorist attacks on 9/11, and all civilian airliners within reach of the U.S. were ordered to land at the nearest airport, 38 planes landed at the Gander airport. With no warning and with no time to prepare, a city of only 9,000 residents played host to more than 6,500 frightened, exhausted, and hungry passengers who “came from away” around the world.

The remarkable story of how Gander supported the ‘Come From Aways’ was brought to life as the original Canadian musical Come From Away in 2013. The musical, which became one of the most talked-about openings on Broadway in 2017 and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, has generated discussion on the need for compassion and unity. Come From Away is currently on stage in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

YOU ARE HERE: A COME FROM AWAY STORY travels deep within this unique tale to shine a light on the actual Newfoundlanders and passengers whose lives have inspired the musical. This includes the mayors of Gander and Appleton, Newfoundland, community workers, police officers, TV reporters, and more – all real-life people who worked tirelessly alongside countless others to comfort and care for their unexpected guests.

The documentary also highlights the real-life passengers who were looked after during those five unforgettable days, including a couple who met, fell in love, and ultimately honeymooned in Gander, the pilot of an American Airlines jet whose life was turned upside down, and a U.S. businessman who was so touched by his hosts’ generosity that he went on to create Good Samaritan initiatives in cities such as Austin, Texas.

YOU ARE HERE: A COME FROM AWAY STORY is written and directed by Moze Mossanen. Produced by Peter Gentile and M.D.F. Productions, Executive Producers are Peter Gentile and Bill House. Danielle Pearson is Production Executive for Bell Media. Robin Johnston is Director, Original Production, Factual and Reality, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

*Press Release Courtesy of HBO Canada

3 thoughts on “You Are Here: A Come From Away Story heading to HBO on September 11

  1. Kevin Dooley
    September 13, 2018

    i was never so proud to be a newfie after watchin how we newfie’s treated not only american citizens, but from people all over the world. This account of what happened in Gander nl shows how we treat people here . If you need help we pull together , you don’t have to ask it is our heritage helping each other in time of need. We love Canada but especially our province.

  2. Jim mccarthy
    September 19, 2018

    Just got back from NY, went to the show Come From Away the night on the Anniversaty of the 911. It was something else, Great Show. I had the Nfld Flag on my back and people were comming up to me after the show and thanking me for what the people of Gander did.the Americane people were so appreciate. Best play I ever saw.

  3. December 30, 2018

    what a wonderful show!! Newfoundland can be PROUD, welcoming the world. we really enjoyed the show on tv Dec 29th, 2018. Well Done.

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