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October 10th, 2012

Mount set to screen ‘The Woman Who Wasn’t There’

Tania Head
NEWBURGH – The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 will forever be etched into the minds of Americans. But what if someone lied about being at Ground Zero?

“The Woman Who Wasn’t There,” chronicling “9/11 faker” Tania Head, will be screened on October 18 at 7 p.m., at Mount Saint Mary College’s Hudson Hall Auditorium, at 330 Powell Avenue.

The film is open to the public and free of charge.

The screening will include a discussion and book signing with filmmaker Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr. Head asked Guglielmo to create a documentary about her experiences, but during production, Head’s lies came to light.

Head reported that she was working at the World Trade Center at the time of the terrorist attack, that she crawled down from the 78th floor of the burning South Tower, and that her fiancé, supposedly working in the North Tower, had been killed.

None of it was true.

Formerly a prominent figure in the WTC Survivor’s Network, Head was ousted when it was discovered that she had been in Spain at the time of the attack. Head is actually Alicia Esteve, who moved to the United States years after the events of 9/11.

“The Woman Who Wasn’t There” examines Head’s motivations for deceit and the outrage a New York Times reporter caused by launching an investigation into the woman’s story – and unraveling it piece by piece.

The film and discussion are presented by the Mount’s Curtin Memorial Library and the divisions of social sciences and arts and letters.
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