Remembering September 11, 2001 (2018)

Tribute in lights as seen from the borough of Brooklyn, New York on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Photo by Kevin Hagen, 9/11 Memorial

I went to Alternative Videos on September 11, 2001. I can’t remember if I was scheduled to work that day. I only remember I was there with Barbara, Julia, and other folks who worked there. A lot of customers showed up as well. We were an informal community center. People craved community, compassion and like-mindedness during and for a long time after the towers fell. Hard to believe we are the same country we were 17 years ago. When something like this happens again, what will our collective response be?

Film and television reflects and inspires us during the happiest as well as during the darkest of times. After 9/11, a number of films addressed the tragedy in different ways. Today I thought I’d share a few of my favorites.

25th Hour – Spike Lee’s look at one man’s post-9/11 NYC world hours before his incarceration
– shorts from American and international directors
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mira Nair’s look at a racial profiling after 9/11
Shortbus – John Cameron Mitchell looks at a post-9/11, sex positive world of NYers looking for love and lust
WTC View – a young gay man interviews for a roommate the day before 9/11

See a listing of these and other 9/11 related films on Wikipedia.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

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