9 /11 is a documentary created by French filmmakers who simply set out to make a movie about a rookie NYC fireman and ended up filming the tragic attack on the twin towers on September 11, 2001. The program includes additional footage and interviews with the heroic firefighters, rescue workers and the Naudet brothers as filmmakers, providing exclusive insight to their extraordinary firsthand experience of the day’s events. The movie is amazing simply for what is captured on film by these unsuspecting French brothers. The cameramen recorded events as they happened. Without trying at all, this film manages to give you the most important information about the events of that morning. What it felt like to be there. Utterly amazing footage. From the first tower impact through the aftermath, these guys saw just about everything and caught it on film. I think I’ve seen all of the 9/11 documentaries and I think this is the definitive one, as it simply shows a first-hand view of the events unfolding and lets the emotional and intellectual reactions come naturally. The amazing thing about this documentary is the first hand look of seeing the WTC from the inside lobby, viewing the firefighters making a formulated plan to save the victim inside and seeing those brave heroes go up the stairs with the realization that they would not come down. This video reveals the absolute courage and heroism of the NYFD and NYPD. So what was to be a documentary on NYC Firefighters became a first-hand view of the tragedy of 9/11. This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen about 9/11 and the NYFD trying to save the lives of the people in the towers. Only a few of the documentaries and specials about this will stand the test of time. “9/11” is one of them. It’s an amazingly realized and utterly authentic slice of hauntingly serendipitous filmmaking. Simply awesome! Breathtaking reality of what happened on 9/11, and what it was like to experience it first-hand. This is the most memorable and moving film of that dreadful day. This movie will make you cry and remember. It is a must-see for anyone who really wants to feel the impact of 9/11 or know about the real heroes who sacrificed their lives on one of the darkest day of American history. As the years pass and 9/11/01 marches on to be history to students across the nation, this film should have a leading presence in the classroom. This is a film that every student must see, especially those that are too young to have lived through it. One day my kids (5 and 3) will ask me about 9/11, and we’ll watch this. This film is a tasteful testament to the horrors and heroics of those days, and anyone who witnesses it will surely never forget. Documentary 2002 NR 130 minutes.