It seems impossible that it’s been 20 years since September 11, 2001. A lot of things have happened since then, in our country and the world and in the lives of those who survived it. Yet for so many of us, in the U.S. and all over the world, the memories of that day are fresh and specific.
We wanted to mark the anniversary somehow. We know that many who read here are having a hard day today. We looked for things to watch or listen to that might be helpful, uplifting, or informative. There’s a lot about 9/11. A lot. There are films that recall the many ways people were brave and kind on that day and in the immediate aftermath, and also ones that explore how the attacks were planned and where the anguish of 9/11 led over the days and years that followed.
You will not have trouble finding things to watch and listen to that speak to your own heart on this day. There’s one extraordinary documentary that is now almost 20 years old itself. On that morning, two French brothers, Gédéon and Jules Naudet, were making a documentary about life in a firehouse near the World Trade Center. They recorded hours of footage of the firefighters as events occurred, including the only video from inside the World Trade Center. It’s called, simply, 9/11, and you can watch the whole thing through the link up top. There’s also an updated version that aired 10 years ago. Warning: it’s raw and upsetting, unsmoothed by the passage of time. How could it be otherwise?
Ann and Kay