What Happened on September 11th (2019)


“What we wanted to do was have them make some kind of emotional connection to history. Learning isn’t just an activity f the mind, it’s an activity of the heart and soul.” – Doug Depice

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that presents the events of 9/11 to young children in an educational way.

My Take on it – This is a short film that I heard about during this year’s commemoration of 9/11 and was quite intrigued to see what it was all about.

For many of us, the events of 9/11 will forever be etched into our brains just like the Kennedy assassination was for our parents and Pearl Harbor for our grandparents.

This film tries to make the events of that fateful day much more tangible and accessible to children born in the years afterwards.

They are able to present this story in a very simplistic way and it comes across as being quite educational and informative for that target audience.

The school that is focused upon created lots of opportunities for their students to get a better understanding of the events of 9/11.

They organized school projects, field trips to the site and even discussions with 9/11 survivors in an attempt to allow these students much more access to this information.

The only problem that I had with this film is that it is too short.

At just 30 minutes, it goes by too quickly and if it would have been longer, it could potentially have been more poignant in the way that it shows these events.

Bottom Line – Really enjoyable and informational film that presents the events of 9/11 in a relatively simple way in order to allows children who grew up years after to get a better understanding and comprehension of what truly happened. The way that this school tries to make these events more tangible to these students via school projects, field trips and conversation with 9/11 survivors is great to see because it truly allows the audience to get a great comprehension of everything that happened.  The documentary is a bit too short, and would be even more poignant if it was a bit longer. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For over a decade, the 9/11 Tribute Museum has worked with teachers and students to develop resources to facilitate a deeper understanding of the events of September 11, 2001. Highlighting first person accounts, the museum has over 900 volunteers from the 9/11 community, including family members, survivors, and first responders, who share their experiences of that day with visitors from around the world, illustrating the history and how the world has changed. Inspired by the film, the 9/11 Tribute Museum created teaching resource materials available for free (From HBO)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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