9/11 Documentry

  1. I was wondering how many are planning to watch the 9/11 documentary airing tonight? (on CBS at 9:00 EST)

    When I first heard about the documentary, I thought it might be exploitative and sensationalistic, but I just read an article written by Peggy Noonan who writes eloquently about living in New York post 9/11, and she mentions the 9/11 documentary-- It's a long article but a very good read. Since reading this article and from others I've heard mention the program's content, I've decided to watch it and also to tape it. Here's the link to the article:


    If you don't care to read the whole article, here is a quote regarding the 9/11 special:

    "I have been on the subway so much because I've been going into town to witness and be part of various events. One was a screening of the CBS documentary on 9/11, which airs next week. CBS was nervous about it, though it's hard to see why. It is a respectful and affectionate look at Lucky 7, the FDNY Ladder company downtown that was among the first, if not the first, company to respond that terrible day. All of its members survived because, paradoxically, they got to the scene early. They went to the first tower that was hit, which was the second tower to fall. They milled around in the lobby. There's nothing gruesome in the documentary, no falling bodies, no people on fire. The story is told through the eyes of a "probie," a probationary fireman newly assigned to the company, and through the lens of two Frenchmen, brothers who were doing a documentary on the NYFD.

    The film captures the ghost-town quality of downtown that day, with everything covered in Pompeii-like ash. It captures the lostness of the firemen massed in the lobby of the first tower, as lost as a platoon on D-Day overwhelmed with heavy fire and not knowing where anyone is or what to do. It captures one of the great strangenesses of the catastrophe, and of modern life in general. And that is that the men on the scene, in the lobby of the tower, knew less about what was going on that day than did a casual viewer of television half a world away in Taiwan. The Taiwanese anchorman had the wires, live pictures, live reports. The firemen on the scene had nothing but dead radios in their hands. They had no idea what was happening, and didn't know what to do.

    It is amazing when this happens, when people a world away know what's happening 200 yards from you and you don't. But it happens in our modern, fully wired and utterly fragile world. Wires, wires everywhere, and yet when the catastrophe comes the firemen have dead radios and can't get word on what's happening."
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   BeachNurse
    I watched it. It was horrible and touching. I cried a lot.
  4. by   Jayonoway
    I just finished watching this program. How haunting to relive the moment. I am still profoundly affected. Even though I did not know anyone personally involved in this tragedy my family has become involved. My spouse is active duty military and his deployment rotation has been moved up a year in response to the war on terrorism.
  5. by   kaycee
    I watched and it and it made me cry.
  6. by   nightingale
    When I first heard of it I wanted to watch. Then I saw a commercial for the terrorists angle of a story and thought it was based on that. I am tired of sensationalizing the terrorists and do not want to give them any more benefit of viewing.

    Sorry to ramble on.. I too am deeply affected by this terrible tragedy... It makes me feel more vulnerable when I look at what those horrible people have done. It makes me angry and I feel very let down in humanity that there are people who live and walk on this earth that feel this was a good thing. These dispicable people rejoiced in the suffering of so many innocent lives.

  7. by   NurzofFaith
    I watched last night. Part of me wanted to understand better and another part of me did not want to remember that day. I think by watching, it brought back the reality of the day for me, and in turn the weeks following.

    My husband is active duty Air Force, I was in clinicals that morning trying to pass pills to a patient who had so many meds. I remember when assessing the patient the plane hit. I remember feeling so shocked, and then the next plane...and more shock. When the plane hit the Pentagon, I panicked. My aunt and uncle both work there. Then I think my panic turned to fear, the ward clerk was saying something about a plane flying over our base! My husband couldnt be reached due to the nature of his job, 2 of my children go to school on base and I was so afraid. The instructor and students wondered around aimlessly, so of course we were let go early.

    It took one and a half hours for me to get on base. I was afraid to even go home. I have never felt that kind of fear before in my life and I never want to feel it again! My family is safe, my husband home...and I feel lucky!

    After Sept 11th, the year just seemed to go downhill. When 2002 rolled around, I think it was more of a relief than anything else. I hope this documentary allowed us all to realize our good fortune and also that we must never forget. I am so very thankful for all the policemen, firemen, nurses and emts..they are true heros!

    Thanks for letting me share. I think I just needed to get it off my chest!
    God Bless,
  8. by   semstr
    Here in Europe we won't be allowed to see the whole documentary until the first memory day of 11/9.
    Still, I was able to see a few cuts from it, it is still very alive and unbelievable.

    Take care, Renee
  9. by   CATHYW
    and found that it was very well done, not exploitative at all. The most horrendous sound was the repeated sound of the "jumpers." I will never forget that, as long as I live.

    If this documentary reminded even one person who was beginning to brush off the terrorists, or forget just how horrendous that day was, it was worth every minute.

    This is not something to "put behind us." It should be in the forefront of all of our minds. This kind of thing can, does, and will happen. There, but for the grace of God, any of us could have been. Or, but for the grace of God, the terrorists could have been where we were that day!
  10. by   misti_z
    I really wanted to watch it but had to work that night and forgot to set the VCR Has anyone heard of it being aired again???
  11. by   RN-PA
    I ended up taping 9/11 and watched it last night, and I agree with what all the previous posters have said about the film. It was a wonderfully made, sensitively done documentary and I highly recommend watching it if it's ever rerun. I never did cry, but sat transfixed, utterly mesmerized by the film and the story of that dreadful day, barely breathing at times, with a sob just below the surface. I was sure that many of the men of the firehouse featured would have lost their lives and was amazed that NONE of them perished.

    I often don't cry when you'd think tears would be impossible to hold back but then, sometime in the future, something very minor can set me off and I end up crying for sadnesses that have built up for awhile. I know this will eventually be part of a cry in the coming days. Right now, I'm still kind of in shock as my mind keeps playing back the images, the sounds, and the words of those brave men. May God bless, comfort, and heal them and those who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy.

    I have one question that I'm hoping someone can answer for me. If the first WTC building which collapsed into such disintegrating rubble that we all viewed from afar, how in the world were so many of the firefighters able to get out? I would've thought they'd have been crushed by the impact of all the stories above. (Remember how the Fire Chief and the one photographer climbed up the escalator and then it went black and the photographer's floodlight illuminated their surroundings? Then the Chief went off looking for a safe way out and the others ended up getting out on their own.) I guess I don't know enough about the structure and where they were, exactly... It's just such a MIRACLE that so many made it out!
  12. by   CATHYW
    RN-PA, remember, they were trying to get up the stairs to get out? Apparently the mezzanine above them did not collapse over them. When the dust was settling, and by the camera lights and the Captain's flashlight, they were able to get out.
  13. by   RN-PA
    Cathy, so the mezzanine somehow supported all the tons of material practically imploding from above? I am absolutely amazed-- and THANKFUL-- that the mezzanine didn't collapse under that vast load... But I still cannot comprehend how it was not crushed and decimated, from an engineering standpoint, and I will end up believing that it was a bona fide miracle that the firefighters were able to get out!