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Mere weeks before 9-11, firefighter Gerard Baptiste purchased a beat-up old motorcycle, with plans to fix it up. He never got the chance—Baptiste was one of 10 from the East Village’s Great Jones firehouse who perished in the WTC attacks. FDNY Dream Bike tells the story of how Baptiste’s Ladder 9 mates finished the restoration. The affable Michael Wernick, who narrowly escaped the collapsing towers, anchors the film, but the most moving moment belongs to 21-year vet Dan Rowan. Recalling his eagerness to get back to active duty following 9-11, Rowan spontaneously apologizes to best friend Wernick for failing to understand why he opted to retire. Also showing is Six Days, a visual diary of filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky’s wanderings through Lower Manhattan in the week after 9-11. Drawing parallels with Chernobyl, Kiev native Zagdansky raises hopes for a fresh perspective, but the film proves self-effacing to a fault, adding little to our understanding of the most covered event in mass media history.