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Mistaken For Strangers represents the best of Tribeca

Tribeca 2013 opened with New York-based The National’s documentary, Mistaken For Strangers, directed by Tom Berninger, brother of the band’s lead singer, Matt.

The film was chosen for the festival’s prestigious opening slot as organisers felt it represented Tribeca’s independent ethos and New York spirit.

When the Tribeca Film Festival was born in 2002, the area, which lies just a few blocks north of the World Trade Center, had been shaken by the devastation of the 9/11 attacks.

The film festival was in part created as a civic restoration project for the Tribeca area. In the years since, both the neighbourhood and the festival have gone from strength to strength.

Despite being the new kid on the block, Tribeca has built a reputation as a young, adventurous event, and an association with documentaries, highlighted by its opening film this year.

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