Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience (2011)


Today marks 16 years since that tragic day when 3,000 innocent lives were lost in the biggest terrorist attack on American soil.  In honor of this fateful anniversary, today, I have two reviews about documentaries detailing the lives of people on that very day. This review is being posted at the exact time that the second plan hit the South Tower.

“And then as we watched, we then saw the second plane strike and then we knew it was a terrorist attack.” – Dick Cheney

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Sep 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A look at the events of 9/11 from nearly 40 people who experienced that day from positions where they were directly involved in the way things worked and how they reflect on that day after a decade has past.

My Take on it – 9/11 was a day that affected so many people from so many walks of life and it’s easy to forget how many people were touched by those events.

This documentary gives us short interviews with over 40 people who were directly affected by the tragic events of that day and each of them is able to give us a very unique perspective on what happened.

Some of those interviewed are government officials, some are police and firemen who made it out alive, some are family members of those murdered on the planes and others had military positions across the globe yet were still in charge of coordinating events in US Airspace.

This helps give us such an unbelievable view of the events from multiple varying positions that help show the vast scope of what happened and how it affected so many lives.

This might be a relatively short film but it’s impact is amazing because of its uniqueness.

Those did a wonderful job choosing the perfect interviewees to helps give us such a large look at what happened that day sometimes from directions that we never expected to see.

This is a film that definitely needs to be viewed numerous times in order to fully understand the global impact and to let it all seep in and is a very fitting film to watch on the anniversary of this tragic day.

Check it out on Youtube here

Bottom Line – Amazing and unique look at the events of 9/11 from some of the most influential people on that day.  The variety of interviews with people who experienced that day from different locations and positions helps give us such an unbelievable view of how that day transpired and its aftermath. Loved the eclectic choice of people interviewed because each gives us a varying perspective on the events due to where they were and what their occupation was at that time.  Definitely a film that needs to be watched more than once in order to absorb it all, but truly a masterpiece in scope and viewpoint. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Presents a memorable video collection of dramatic testimonials from U.S. leaders, firefighters, flight attendants, veterans, family members and survivors who miraculously escaped from above the impact zone of World Trade Center Tower Two. The power of the documentary, which is punctuated by archival photos and footage, comes from the faces and raw emotions of the interviewees, who are filmed in front of a white screen speaking bluntly and emotionally about the traumas they experienced, the losses they shouldered, and the resolve and support that sustained them over the past decade.(From HBO)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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