Discovery Plus will premiere “No Responders Left Behind,” a documentary about the fight waged by former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, and social activist, John Feal and FDNY hero, Ray Pfeifer, to get health benefits and compensation for 9/11 first responders. The film will stream on Discovery Plus globally this September.
“’No Responders Left Behind’ is a profile of the grit and perseverance of a few determined individuals who fought to ensure the rights of the men and women who who put their health on the line and showed up to help in the days and weeks that followed that fateful day 20 years go,” said Lisa Holme, SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy, Discovery, Inc. “This compelling film does what we set out to do with discovery+ documentaries: tell the most important stories of our time and help give a voice to the voiceless.”
Shot over five years, the documentary reveals the battle led by Stewart, Feal and Pfeifer as they take on the U.S. government to get healthcare and benefits for the thousands of responders who are suffering with life-threatening and financially devastating illnesses from toxins released at Ground Zero after 9/11.
‘No Responders Left Behind’ is produced by Paradox Pictures Inc., directed by Rob Lindsay and produced by Kelly Zemnickis, Kristine Yanoff and Jaime Sanchez. The deal was brokered by Ludo Dufour, SVP, International Co-Productions and Sales, Blue Ant International.
“I am grateful Jon Stewart and John Feal allowed me to document their journey for justice,” states Lindsay. “’No Responders Left Behind’ shines a light on a group of grass roots social activists who challenged the system and won. I am thrilled to partner with discovery+ to bring these stories to life.”