In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, programmers across the broadcasting spectrum have scheduled an impressive agenda of documentaries, some of which have already aired, but most of which will air on September 11. Here is a sampling of some of the programs on tap:
The Love We Make--Showtime/September 10
Legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles and award-winning filmmaking partner Bradley Kaplan created this portrait of rocker Paul McCartney as he assembles the Concert for New York in the month after the 9/11 attacks, bringing such heavyweights as Elton John, The Who, David Bowie, Billy Joel and many more to Madison Square Garden for a night of musical healing.
Portraits from Ground Zero--A&E/September 10
A firefighter searching for the body of his life-long friend; a teenage girl mourning her stepfather; a Franciscan friar ministering to the dead; the future FDNY Chief of Department worrying about a potential building collapse. These are just a few of the thousands of people captured by photographer Andrea Booher, who had unprecedented access to the rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero. Booher uses the battered green notebook she carried at the Trade Center to track down the people in nearly a dozen of her favorite pictures, gets them to tell, for the first time, the riveting personal stories behind the photographs.
America Remembers 9/11--PBS/PBS NewsHour/September 11
The PBS NewsHour reporting team will cover the day's memorial services as well as a variety of unique reporting from around the country looking at America 10 years later. In addition, over the past month, the NewsHour team has been creating an online video quilt of observations from viewers on what's changed in the US over the past decade.
Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience--HBO/September 11
Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience highlights transcendent stories of courage, survival and remembrance when the documentary premieres at 8:46 a.m.-ten years to the minute that American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into World Trade Center One-on HBO. A presentation of Time Magazine, in association with HBO, this moving film focuses on the previously untold stories, captured in words and images, of a group of men and women who led America, moved the nation and sacrificed for it, in the hours, days and months that followed September 11, 2001. Executive Producers: Richard Stenkel and Kira Pollack. Editor: Philip Schopper. Interviews: Kate Pickert, Paul Moakley, Kira Pollack and Mark Thompson.
From the Ground Up--OWN/September 11
Three hundred and forty-three New York City firefighters died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The bravest of the brave; they were fathers, sons, brothers, and most were husbands. From the Ground Up is the story of their widows. It is the story of trying to make sense of madness, of comforting their children and mourning their losses while the world watches. It's the journey, taking two steps forward and one step back, through tears, depression and laughter, to triumph through tragedy. It's the story of honoring their heroes in the most fitting personal ways they can imagine. Produced and directed by George and Beth Gage of Gage and Gage Productions.
The result of a filmmaking journey into living history, the story of Rebirth follows the transformation of five people, over the course of 10 years, whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001--and simultaneously tracks, via unprecedented multi-camera time lapse photography, the evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose over lower Manhattan.
Whitaker seamlessly weaves these personal stories of hope and healing and reveals a universal truth, one which shows human beings will overcome and aspire to renewal, even when the very fabric of their lives has changed.
The Twins of the Twin Towers--OWN/September
The Twins of the Twin Towers explores the previously untold personal stories of twins who were left twinless on September 11, 2001. On the day the Twin Towers collapsed, so too did the lives of over 40 twins worldwide. The film delves into the unique connection these brave siblings shared, and the process they've endured for dealing with their devastating loss and moving forward with their lives. The documentary is produced by BBC Wales, directed and produced by Olivia Lichtenstein and executive produced by Tim Green.