If you feel you can handle it, you absolutely must see 9|11, an extraordinarily powerful, feature-length documentary by brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet. Originally a project to film the progress of a rookie firefighter, the filmmakers ended up in the middle of everything on 11 September, catching much of the harrowing event (including what is probably the only extant footage of the first plane hitting tower one) on videotape. Not merely a study of the day itself, it tracks the firefighters from mid-June through the aftermath and cleanup on the WTC site, and features lots of commentary by those most directly involved. Nothing exploitative here, just profound human drama.

It’s out on DVD right now, with bonus interviews. Thanks to Tony for the recommendation.

Okay, I promise I’ll stop dwelling on this subject now. Thanks for listening and for the support over the last couple of days, everyone. And I promise I won’t delete my previous post.

P.S. First entry from the new laptop!
tags: 911 , movies , nyc

  • yukino

    I guess I should be flattered by the implied association to blogs far more polished than mine. Somehow it doesn't feel all that satisfying.

  • Be forewarned, I'm stealing a few entries from here. Just so you know. Okie-dokie? I'm sorry, but I just have to!

  • nina

    Tell us more about the new laptop!

  • How's Taryn treating you? (Purring like a kitten?)

  • rachel

    I watched that particular documentary this past Wednesday when it was aired on CBS (I believe). It was unbelievable. Two brothers who simply wanted to document the story of a rookie fireman, and they had no idea what was in store for them.

    Nothing in the world could have prepared them for the turn of events on 9/11.

    After watching the film, you realize just what a miracle it was that they survived that day. And not only did they live to tell their story, but they also taped footage of the entire thing. It's frickin' unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable.

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