It is the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on American soil, which killed nearly 3,000 people and had a profound effect on millions of others. The United States of America and the whole world were changed forever on that day.
Starting this weekend, the momentous anniversary will be celebrated in the form of several documentaries and specials appearing on broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming platforms.
Here’s a guide to some of the more notable events, listed chronologically by their airdates:
“9/11: A Day in America” – A four-night, seven-hour documentary series, this moving production chronicles the cataclysmic events of 9/11 – sometimes on a minute-by-minute basis – through first-person narratives of first responders and survivors Those in the scene were New York City, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. It has been produced in partnership with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. (August 29 at 9 pm, National Geographic Channel).
“Generation 9/11” This documentary focuses on the stories of seven children whose fathers died on 9/11, and explores how an entire generation was shaped by this tragedy and its aftermath. They are now entering adulthood in a world that has changed dramatically in two decades. (August 31 at 9 p.m., PBS).
“9/11: Inside the President’s War Room” — The events of September 11, 2001 are viewed through the eyes of President Bush and his closest advisers as they personally look at the critical hours and important decisions of that day. Jeff Daniels explains. (September 1, Apple TV+; also available for free on September 11 for non-subscribers).
“Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror” – After the longest war in American history and with Afghanistan once again under Taliban control, this five-part series attempts to answer several questions: Who attacked America and why? What breakdown in intelligence allowed this to happen? How did the decisions of the highest level of the three administrations lead us to this moment in the war on terror? Included: Interviews with several US presidential administration officials, former CIA members and US military veterans, as well as Afghanistan National Army soldiers, Taliban commanders, and members of the Afghan government. (September 1, Netflix).
“Memory Box: The Echoes of 9/11” — In the months following the terrorist attacks, hundreds of people recorded their eyewitness stories in a small video booth. Twenty years later, these same voices echo in the past two decades. (September 8, MSNBC; will also stream on Peacock).
“The Lost Call of 9/11” — Bill Hemmer anchors this hour’s special, which unravels the story of a Houston man who, without knowing it, bought a piece of used computer equipment, including one across the street from the World Trade Center Not including the 103 infrequently heard calls from the trading room floor. on the morning of September 11. (September 5 at 10 pm, Fox News Channel; re-airs September 11 at 7 pm).
“CIA vs. Bin Laden: First In” – The CIA leader who played a key role in the search for Osama bin Laden offers his details on how the search went down. Many are speaking publicly about their experiences for the first time. (8 pm September 5, Reelz).
“America After 9/11” – This two-part “Frontline” special examines America’s response to terrorist attacks and the devastating consequences in three presidents. From the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the January 6 Uprising, veteran filmmaker and historian of American politics Michael Kirk and his team explore the legacy of 9/11 and the ongoing challenge for the president and the country. (September 7 at 9 p.m., PBS).
“Unlike Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11” — This documentary may be one of the more uplifting retrospectives. It explores how comedians and entertainers took a sly step of humor appropriately in a turbulent period of terrorist attacks, and how comedy can be used to unite and heal a nation. Featured: Interviews with David Cross, Jayne Garofalo, Marc Maron, Matthew Broderick, Asif Mandvi, Rob Riggle, Nathan Lane, Gilbert Gottfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Chris Kattan, Lewis Black and more. (September 8 at 9 pm, Vice TV).
“9/11: The Legacy” The hour-long program focuses on children, now adults, whose lives were affected by the events of 9/11. Producers promise accounts with “raw, emotional and harrowing” details. Among those profiled: Twin brothers who started a charitable company in memory of their father, who never came home. (September 10 at 7 pm, History Channel).
“Rise and Fall: The World Trade Center” – Through an architectural and engineering lens, this two-hour documentary recounts the concept, construction and destruction of the World Trade Center towers. Step-by-step, viewers watch this innovative and one-of-a-kind sky-high complex from its initial design, overcoming technical challenges, to its execution to its heart-wrenching collapse. (September 10 at 8 pm, History Channel).
“9/11: Four Flights” – Through powerful and personal narratives from family and friends, this two-hour special tells the emotional stories of passengers aboard the doomed flights of American 11, United 175, American 77 and United 93. Viewers will hear about the bravery of the passengers, crew, air traffic controllers and others who tried in vain to stop the plane. (Night September 11, History Channel).
“9/11: I Was There” – With rare footage and audio, the two-hour program reveals an intimate depiction of the events of September 11, captured by a dozen laymen who opted to take their video cameras that day – Few daredevils who were courageous enough to proceed to take a closer look. . It is stated without interview, comment or narration. (September 11 at 10 pm, History Channel).