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September 11 (2002) More at IMDbPro »11'09''01 - September 11 (original title)

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Youssef Chahine (segment)
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Release Date:
11 September 2002 (Belgium) See more »
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11 directors, 11 stories, 1 film.
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The effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are told from different points of view around the world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Eleven variations on the theme of September 11 See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Maryam Karimi ... L'institutrice (segment "Iran")
Mohamad Dolati ... Enfant (segment "Iran")
Agelem Habibi ... Enfant (segment "Iran")
Esmat Vahedi ... Enfant (segment "Iran")
Ameneh Banizadeh ... Enfant (segment "Iran")
Razieh Jafari ... Enfant (segment "Iran")
Hassan Rezai ... Enfant (segment "Iran")
Najibeh Habibi ... Enfant (segment "Iran")
Emmanuelle Laborit ... Elle (segment "France")
Jérôme Horry ... Lui (segment "France")
Nour El-Sherif ... Youssef Chahine (segment "Egypt") (as Nour Elshérif)
Ahmed Haroun ... Le G'I (segment "Egypt") (as Ahmed Seif Eldine)
Sanaa Younes ... La mère (segment "Egypt") (as Sanaa Younés)
Ahmed Fouad Selim ... Le père (segment "Egypt")
Maher Essam ... Le Palestinien (segment "Egypt")
Eveline Sélim ... La journaliste (segment "Egypt")
Rafik Mohsen ... (segment "Egypt")
Hesham Abd Elkhaleq ... (segment "Egypt")
Alaa Mahgoub ... (segment "Egypt")
Fadi Badour ... (segment "Egypt")
Nadim Gargoura ... (segment "Egypt")
Reem Bitar ... (segment "Egypt")

Dzana Pinjo ... Selma (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Aleksandar Seksan ... Nedim (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Tatjana Sojic ... Hanka (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Ejla Bavcic ... L'intervenante de la maison des femmes (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Ognjen Blagojevic ... Journalist (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina") (voice)
Lionel Zizréel Guire ... Adama (segment "Burkina-Faso")
René Aimé Bassinga ... Ibrahim (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Lionel Gaël Folikoue ... Gaël (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Rodrigue André Idani ... Rodrigue (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Alex Martial Traoré ... Alex (segment "Burkina-Faso") (as Alex Martial Traore)
Marc ... Ben Laden (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Hyppolite Ouangrawa ... L'oncle d'Adama (segment "Burkina-Faso") (as Hypolite T. Ouangrawa)
Justine Sawadogo ... La tante d'Adama (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Haoua Ouatara ... La mère d'Adama (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Milla S. Saturnin ... Le policier de l'aéroport (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Oumar Barou Ouedraogo ... Le père de Rodrigue (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Vladimir Vega ... Pablo (segment "United Kingdom")

Keren Mor ... La journaliste (segment "Israel")
Liron Levo ... Le démineur (segment "Israel")
Tomer Russo ... L'ambulancier (segment "Israel")
Tanvi Azmi ... Talat Hamdani (segment "India")
Kapil Bawa ... Salim Hamdani (segment "India")

Taleb Adlah ... Adnaan Hamdani (segment "India")
Talat Hamdani ... Taani (segment "India")
Robert Reardon ... Mr. Bonner (segment "India")
Nell Mooney ... Sylvia Franko (segment "India")
George R. Sheffey ... Agent du FBI (segment "India") (as George Sheffey)
Maryann Towne ... Agent du FBI (segment "India")
Suleman Din ... Salman Hamdani (segment "India")

Ernest Borgnine ... L'homme (segment "USA")
Tomorowo Taguchi ... Yukichi Furuhashi (segment "Japan")
Kumiko Asô ... Sae Furuhashi (segment "Japan")
Akira Emoto ... Sakichi Furuhashi (segment "Japan")
Mitsuko Baishô ... Kayo Furuhashi (segment "Japan")
Ken Ogata ... Villageois (segment "Japan")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jake Bern ... Radio DJ Personality (voice)

Salvador Allende ... (segment "United Kingdom") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anil Baral ... Student on Subway (Salman look alike) (uncredited)

George W. Bush ... Himself (segment "United Kingdom") (archive footage) (uncredited)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself (segment "United Kingdom") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Augusto Pinochet ... (segment "United Kingdom") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tetsurô Tanba ... (segment "Japan") (uncredited)

Directed by
Youssef Chahine (segment "Egypt")
Amos Gitai (segment "Israel") (as Amos Gitaï)
Alejandro González Iñárritu (segment "Mexico")
Shôhei Imamura (segment "Japan") (as Shohei Imamura)
Claude Lelouch (segment "France")
Ken Loach (segment "United Kingdom")
Samira Makhmalbaf (segment "Iran")
Mira Nair (segment "India")
Idrissa Ouedraogo (segment "Burkina Faso")
Sean Penn (segment "USA")
Danis Tanovic (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alain Brigand  original idea
Youssef Chahine  segment "Egypt"
Sabrina Dhawan  segment "India"
Amos Gitai  segment "Israel"
Alejandro González Iñárritu  segment "Mexico"
Paul Laverty  segment "United Kingdom"
Claude Lelouch  adaptation (segment "France")
Claude Lelouch  dialogue (segment "France")
Claude Lelouch  written by (segment "France")
Ken Loach  segment "United Kingdom"
Samira Makhmalbaf  segment "Iran"
Idrissa Ouedraogo  segment "Burkina-Faso"
Sean Penn  segment "USA"
Marie-Jose Sanselme  segment "Israel" (as Marie José Sanselme)
Danis Tanovic  segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina"
Daisuke Tengan  segment "Japan"
Pierre Uytterhoeven  adaptation (segment "France")
Pierre Uytterhoeven  dialogue (segment "France")
Vladimir Vega  segment "United Kingdom"

Produced by
Emilio Azcarraga .... associate producer (segment "Mexico")
Marc Baschet .... line producer (segment: Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Alain Brigand .... artistic producer: Sequence 19. Productions
Nicolas Cand .... producer: Les Films de la Plaine (segment "Burkina Faso")
Jean de Trégomain .... line producer: Galatee Films (as Jean de Tregomain)
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... producer (segment "India")
Catherine Dussart .... producer: CDP (segment "Japan")
Emily Gardiner .... line producer (segment "India")
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... producer (segment "Mexico")
Pelayo Gutiérrez .... line producer: Zeta Films (segment "Mexico")
Alexandre Hallier .... associate producer
Nobuyuki Kajikawa .... producer: Imamura Production (segment "Japan")
Gabriel Khoury .... producer: MISR International Films (segment "Egypt") (as Gabriel et Marianne Khoury)
Marianne Khoury .... producer: MISR International Films (segment "Egypt") (as Gabriel et Marianne Khoury)
Dunja Klemenc .... line producer (segment: Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Cédomir Kolar .... producer (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Sandro Mancy .... associate producer
Nicolas Mauvernay .... executive producer: Galatee Films
Rebecca O'Brien .... producer (segment "United Kingdom")
Jacques Perrin .... executive producer: Galatee Films
Gustavo Santaolalla .... producer (segment "Mexico")
Masa Sawada .... producer: Comme des Cinémas (segment "Japan") (as Masamichi Sawada)
Jon C. Scheide .... line producer: CIH Shorts Production (segment "USA")
Masato Shinada .... producer: Comme des Cinémas (segment "Japan")
Laurent Thibierge .... associate producer
Shelly Townsend .... line producer: Anonymous Content (segment "Mexico")
Laurent Truchot .... producer (segment "Israel")
 
Original Music by
Michael Brook (segment "USA")
Mohammad Reza Darvishi (segment "Iran") (as Mohamad Rezadarvishi)
Manu Dibango (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Osvaldo Golijov (segment "Mexico")
Tarô Iwashiro (segment "Japan")
Salif Keita (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Heitor Pereira (segment "USA")
Gustavo Santaolalla (segment "Mexico")
Dusko Segvic (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Vladimir Vega (segment "United Kingdom")
 
Cinematography by
Samuel Bayer (segment "USA")
Luc Drion (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Ebrahim Ghafori (segment "Iran")
Pierre-William Glenn (segment "France")
Peter Hellmich (segment "UK")
Yoav Kosh (segment "Israel")
Mustafa Mustafic (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Jorge Müller Silva (segment "United Kingdom")
Mohsen Nasr (segment "Egypt")
Masakazu Oka (segment "Japan")
Declan Quinn (segment "India")
Toshihiro Seino (segment "Japan")
Nigel Willoughby (segment "United Kingdom")
 
Film Editing by
Rashida Abdel Salam (segment "Egypt") (as Rashida Abd Elsalam)
Kim Bica (segment "Mexico")
Jay Cassidy (segment "USA")
Robert Duffy (segment "Mexico")
Sherif Ezzat 
Alejandro González Iñárritu (segment "Mexico")
Julia Gregory (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Allyson C. Johnson (segment "India")
Mohsen Makhmalbaf (segment "Iran")
Stéphane Mazalaigue (segment "France")
Jonathan Morris (segment "United Kingdom")
Kobi Netanel (segment "Israel")
Hajime Okayasu (segment "Japan")
Monique Rysselinck (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
 
Casting by
Jennifer Euston (segment "India")
Ilan Moscovitch 
 
Production Design by
Stephanie Carroll (segment "India")
Kemal Hrustanovic (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Hisao Inagaki (segment "Japan")
Wendy Samuels (segment "USA")
 
Art Direction by
Alain Brigand 
 
Costume Design by
Khaled El Sheik (segment "Egypt") (as Khaled Elsheikh)
Monia Fath Elbab (segment "Egypt")
Jasna Hadzimehmedovic-Bekric (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina") (as Jasna Hadzimehmedovic)
Sabina Kaliman (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Brigitte Masson (segment "France")
 
Makeup Department
Marianne Borgue .... makeup (segment "France")
Robin Mathews .... makeup artist (segment "USA")
Evelyne Noraz .... key makeup artist
Martina Subic-Dodocic .... makeup (as Martina Subic)
 
Production Management
Guy Courtecuisse .... post-production manager
Cathy Gesualdo .... production manager
David Glean .... post-production manager (segment "Mexico")
Paula Luttringer .... unit production manager: Galatee Films
Patrick Santiago Meunier .... production manager (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Johann Mousseau .... unit production manager: Galatee Films
Jenny Schweitzer .... production manager (segment "India")
Magued Youssef .... production manager (segment "Egypt")
Tania Zazulinsky .... production manager (segment "France")
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aida Begic .... assistant director
Dominique Combe .... first assistant director
Emad El Bahat .... assistant director
Thomas Fatone .... first assistant director
Patrick Gibbons .... second assistant director
Akinori Igarashi .... assistant director (segment "Japan")
Fumio Inoue .... assistant director (segment "Japan")
Marzieh Makhmalbaf .... assistant director (segment "Iran")
Patrick Santiago Meunier .... first assistant director (segment "Burkina-Faso")
Kôsuke Oshida .... associate director
Mirza Pasic .... assistant director
Vanya Peirani-Vignes .... second assistant director (as Vania Peirani-Vignes)
Brian Wray .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Aziz Arnautovic .... decoration team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Hussein Bahbah .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
Armand Barbay .... decoration team (segment "France")
Mychael Bates .... property master
Alexandre Boucan .... decoration team (segment "France")
Tonya Brewer Hunt .... set dresser
Benoit Cisilkiewick .... decoration team (segment "France") (as Benoît Cisilkiewick)
Grégory De Min .... decoration team (segment "France") (as Grégory De-Min)
Mohammed Abd Elaziz .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
Hassan Elshater .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
Mihrab Gljiva .... decoration team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Hamed Hemdan .... decoration (segment "Egypt")
Ossama Hussein .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
Ibrahim Imamovic .... decoration team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Ahmed Kea .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
Mustafa Konjic .... decoration team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Kevin Ladson .... property master
Thierry Larour .... decoration team (segment "France")
Miguel Markin .... set designer (segment "Israel")
Hélène Maroutian .... decoration team (segment "France")
Akbar Meshkini .... props (segment "Iran")
Halid Patkovic .... decoration team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Salan Ragib .... decoration team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Mostafa Ringo .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
Edin Sandzak .... decoration team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Haris Sarvan .... decoration team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Mohammed Selim .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
Tarek Shaaban .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
Magdi Sharara .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
Amrou Shawki .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
Hussein Wezza .... decoration team (segment "Egypt")
 
Sound Department
Babak Akhavan .... sound team (segment "Iran")
Alen Alisah .... sound team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Jérôme Ayasse .... sound team (segment "Egypt")
Sassan Bagherpour .... sound team (segment "Iran") (as Sassan Bagherpoor)
Dirk Bombey .... sound team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Kevin Brazier .... sound mixer (segment "United Kingdom")
Nicolas Cantin .... sound editor
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist (segments "France" and "Egypt")
Alex Claude .... sound designer (segment "Israel")
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer
Mathieu Cox .... foley recordist
Djavadi .... sound team (segment "Iran")
Roger Dobson .... sound
Xavier Drouault .... foley artist (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
François Fayard .... sound editor (segment "France")
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... sound designer (segment "Mexico")
Alek Goosse .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Martín Hernández .... sound designer (segment "Mexico")
Martín Hernández .... sound editor (segment "Mexico")
Martín Hernández .... sound mixer (segment "Mexico")
Martín Hernández .... sound supervisor (segment "Mexico")
Dave Humphries .... sound re-recording mixer
Dave Humphries .... sound
Jonathan Liebling .... foley artist
Hassan Mahdavi .... sound mixer (segment "Iran")
Hussein Mahdavi .... sound
Jean-Charles Martel .... sound
Harald Maury .... sound designer (segment "France")
Michael Minkler .... sound
Hamid Naghibi .... sound designer (segment "Iran")
Myron Nettinga .... sound re-recording mixer
Rudy Pi .... sound re-recording mixer
Mary Ellen Porto .... supervising sound editor
Martin Sadoux .... sound
Masatoshi Saitô .... foley artist (segment "Japan")
Karmel Shafee .... sound team (segment "Egypt")
Daniel Sobrino .... sound
Masashi Tara .... sound
Eric Tisserand .... sound mixer (segment "Israel")
Thomas Varga .... sound
Christophe Vingtrinier .... sound mixer
Amos Zipori .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Greg Baxter .... visual effects coordinator (segment "Mexico")
Mark Casey .... visual effects supervisor: dead flowers, Sean Penn
Christophe Courgeau .... main titles designer
Fabien Girodot .... visual effects
Gretchen Libby .... visual effects producer
Sal Migliore .... assistant colorist
Hugues Namur .... visual effects
Steven Schmidt .... visual effects production assistant (segment "Mexico")
Mandy Tankenson .... visual effects producer: Mexico
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mohamad Ahmadi .... camera team (segment "Iran")
Mahmoud Amin .... machinery team (segment "Egypt")
Hossein Amiri .... camera team (segment "Iran")
Vlado Banovic .... camera team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Ales Belak .... camera team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Cedomir Blazic .... electric team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina") (as Cedo Blazic)
Glenn Davis .... best boy electric (segment "India")
Hussein Elbaz .... machinery team (segment "Egypt")
Diaa Eldin Mohammed .... machinery team (segment "Egypt")
Iman Elkhodary .... camera team (segment "Egypt") (as Iman Elkhodary)
Ahmed Esmat .... machinery team (segment "Egypt")
Magued Fawzi .... camera team (segment "Egypt")
Lionel Fayard .... electric team (segment "France")
David Frak-Lauer .... camera team (segment "France")
David Frak-Lauer .... focus puller
Hassan Gad .... machinery team (segment "Egypt")
Michel Galtier .... camera team (segment "France")
Hashem Gerami .... camera team (segment "Iran")
Mohamed Ibrahim .... electrician (segment "Egypt")
Gregory F. Johnson .... best boy
Cyril Kuhnholtz .... machinery team (segment "France")
Théo Louis Jean .... machinery team (segment "France")
Alexandre Léglise .... second assistant camera
Samira Makhmalbaf .... camera operator (segment Iran)
Olivier Neveu .... electric team (segment "France")
Dzevad Pasalic .... electric team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Janez Petretic .... grip (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Elisabeth Schneider .... camera team (segment "France")
Dejan Vekic .... camera team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Franc Vidmar .... electric team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Igor Voncina .... electric team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
 
Editorial Department
Jill Bogdanowicz .... digital intermediate colorist (segment "USA")
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Sherif Ezzat .... editing team (segment "Egypt")
Laura Jans .... colorist-USA
Gert Janssens .... editing team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Mastaneh Mohajer .... editing team (segment "Iran")
Ingrid Ralet .... editing team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Rassanepouya .... editing team (segment "Iran")
David A. Smith .... assistant editor
Christophe Vingtrinier .... editing team (segment "Egypt")
Waldir Xavier .... editing team (segment "Egypt")
 
Music Department
Alexandre Desplat .... composer: original titles music
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor: original titles music
Paul Lavergne .... music consultant
Robin Lynn .... music consultant
Dusko Segvic .... music arranger
Dusko Segvic .... music producer
 
Other crew
Mensud Arslanovic .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina") (as Mensur Arslanovic)
Naomi Bombardi-Wilson .... production assistant (segment "India")
Alain Brigand .... credit concept creator
Francis Brunel .... production (segment "France")
Pero Buric .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Zlatan Buric .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Rachel Corlet-Soulier .... script supervisor
Guy Courtecuisse .... post-production manager
Anne-Simone Diep .... production (segment "France")
Sabry El-Sammak .... production team (segment "Egypt") (as Sabry Elsamak)
Emad Elraee .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Shawkat Elsheikh .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Abdo Eltayeb .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Samir Fathi .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Shuna Frood .... production coordinator
Cynthia Gates Fujikawa .... production accountant
Fathi Gohar .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Majda Gruden .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Ahmed Hassan .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Andreaja Hodzic .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina") (as Andreja Hodzic)
Rami Mohammed Ibrahim .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Tamer Ibrahim .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Lisa Inman .... script supervisor
Nora Killoran .... assistant production coordinator
Andjelko Kordic .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Vera Kovacevic .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Diana Lui .... production coordinator: segment "USA"
Hana Makhmalbaf .... script supervisor (segment "Iran")
Chris Marsh .... location manager (segment "India")
Igor Martinovic .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Johnny McAllister .... production assistant (as John J. McAllister)
Nidzara Mehic .... script supervisor
Hassan Niknejad .... supplier: Laboratoire Filsaz (segment "Iran")
Igor Pedicek .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Goran Petrovic .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Leigh Pickford .... production assistant
Maud Quiffet .... production (segment "France")
Khaled Ramdan .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Tia Sackda .... production (segment "France")
Stephen Scheide .... production assistant
Magdi Seif .... production team: segment "Egypt"
Mario Sesar .... production team (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
Payal Sethi .... assistant: Mira Nair
Carey Ann Strelecki .... researcher
Mark Swenson .... production assistant
Kim Thompson .... production assistant
Daniel Tresca .... assistant location manager
Mathilde Umhauer .... production (segment "France")
Corinne Golden Weber .... production coordinator (segment: "Mexico")
Magued Youssef .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Mohamed Youssef .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Omar Abdou Zeid .... production team (segment "Egypt")
Robyn Aronstam .... script supervisor (segment "India") (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Natasza Chroscicki .... thanks (segment "France")
Yves Clanet .... thanks (segment "France")
Jean-Jacques Compère .... thanks (segment "France") (as Jean-Jacques Compere)
Didier Diaz .... thanks (segment "France")
Sylvain Fages .... thanks (segment "France")
Patricio Guzmán .... thanks (UK segment)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Excalibur (special effects) (segment "Egypt")
Other Companies
  • APTN Library  archival footage (segment "France")
  • Cineberti  sound studio (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina") (as Cinebertie)
  • Daisy Belle  editing (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina") (as Daisy-Belle)
  • Fabrika  musical edition (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
  • Lebanese Army  thanks (segment "Egypt") (as L'armée Libanaise)
  • NY1 News  archival footage (segment "France")
  • Viba Film  camera (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
  • Viba Film  lighting (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
  • Viba Film  machinery equipment (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")
  • Zavarovalnica Triglav  insurance (segment "Bosnia-Herzegovina")

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"11'09''01 - September 11" - UK (original title)
"Eleven Minutes, Nine Seconds, One Image: September 11" - International (English title)
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134 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Amos Gitai's segment was shot in a single continuous shot.See more »
Quotes:
Pablo:Mothers, fathers and loved ones of those who died in New York, soon will be the 29th anniversary of our tuesday, 11th of September and the first anniversary of yours. We will remember you. I hope you will remember us.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Aislados (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sto te nemaSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Eleven variations on the theme of September 11, 23 November 2005
Author: (roland@atkinsononfilm.com) from Portland, Oregon, United States

French production in which leading film directors from 11 countries were invited to create 11-minute short films conveying their reflections on the events of September 11.

The film segments vary widely in content and quality. Two allude to U.S. complicity in terrorist acts (in Chile against Allende, who died on September 11, 1973, depicted in the segment by British director Ken Loach; and in Palestine by U.S.-backed Israelis, shown in the segment from Egyptian director Youssef Chahine). Two more recall other destructive acts (a Palestinian suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, shot by Israeli director Amos Gitan; the Japanese "holy war" against the west in WW II, by Shohei Imamura).

Ironies abound in several stories. Shadows that darken the New York City apartment of a grieving old man suddenly disappear as the World Trade towers telescope to the ground in Sean Penn's piece, bringing the man momentary joy. But in this bright light he can finally see that his wife is really gone. In Mira Nair's film, based on a real incident, a missing young man, also in New York City, the son of a Pakistani family, is first presumed to be a fugitive terrorist, but later he proves to a hero who sacrificed himself trying to save others in the towers.

There are poignant moments dotted throughout. Loach has his exiled Chilean man quote St. Augustine, to the effect that hope is built of anger and courage: anger at the way things are, courage to change them. Imamura tells us that there is no such thing as a holy war. Samira Makhmalbaf shows a teacher with her very young Afghan schoolchildren, exiled in Iran, trying to tell them about the events that have just transpired in New York. But they are understandably more impressed with a major event in their refugee camp, where two men have fallen into a deep well, one killed, the other sustaining a broken leg. This is comprehensible tragedy on a grand scale for the 6 year olds.

Idrissa Ouedraogo, from Burkina Faso, creates a drama in which the son of an ailing woman spots Osama bin Laden in their village and gathers his buddies to help capture the fugitive terrorist, in order to get the $25 million U. S. reward. He tells his friends not to let any of the adults know their plans, for the older folks would merely waste the money on cars and cigarettes, while he plans to help his mother and others who are sick and destitute.

It is Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (maker of "Amores Perros") who provides by far the most powerful and chilling segment, one that, for the most part, shows only a darkened screen with audio tape loops of chanting and voices and occasional thudding sounds. Brief visual flashes gradually permit us to see bodies falling from the high floors of the towers, and it dawns on us that the thuds are these bodies hitting the ground. The sequence ends with elegiac orchestral music and a still shot, bearing a phrase first shown only in Arabic, then with a translation added: "Does God's light guide us or blind us?" (In various languages with English subtitles) Grade: 8/10 (B+). (Seen on 10/31/04). If you'd like to read more of my reviews, send me a message for directions to my websites.

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