WTC the First 24 Hours (2002) Poster

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nyc_2qt2bstr813 September 2002
For the record, I witnessed the events of 9/11 with my OWN EYES and EARS. I photographed the second plane, the impact, and the subsequent collapse of both towers (readers may email me for links to where some of my pictures can be found).

I can see anticipate the detractors complaining about this film; the lack of dialog, music, narration, captioning etc. However I don't share their opinion. This was one of the BEST `documentaries' I've seen. I say this specifically because of the lack of voiceovers, and the general toning-down of footage common in the aftermath of 9/11.

As a witness it's important to me to see the events unfold in the same way they unfolded that day; without narration, without music, without handholding. I wanted to re-experience the feeling of staring at the building(s) focusing on MY OWN thoughts and listening to the sounds as they actually happened.

I realize that narration is important to some people who aren't from New York and want a more `fact-based' kind of documentary. Those documentaries have already been done. This was a refreshing and excellent chance to meander through that day and imagine what would be going through your own mind instead of having a viewpoint imposed.

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An Inhuman Event from an Non-Human Perspective
Zen Bones10 October 2006
Warning: Spoilers
One can say that this is an impressionist view of the 24-hour period after the towers fell. There is no human expression in this documentary, either from a narrative perspective or from people expressing their feelings. In a way it's good that the filmmakers decided to let the images speak for themselves because often times, narration over-exaggerates and music exploits the situation even more. But there is something sorely missing from the impressionist viewpoint that this film offersÂ… any glimpse of any kind of human expression at all. It's as if the casualties of 9/11 were nothing more than the buildings and cars that we see smoldering in ashes for 48 minutes. There are plenty of shots of firemen and other emergency teams, but we are never close enough to see the expressions on their faces or even hear anything of their conversations (other than the occasional barking of orders). Yes, we can use our imaginations to try to make sense of the loss of life in those ruins, but the most profound moments of that day were the moments of human contact when we reached out to one another for strength. Nobody witnessed this event alone. People raged and cried with others and hugged total strangers. I feel miserable that the generations to come will miss the reality of human suffering that day by seeing this ''document' that omits humans from human tragedy. Hopefully, they'll have the opportunity to see many other much better documentaries.
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Deja vu
madhusker14 September 2002
Numerous short clips that are repeated over and over through the whole disc. Very bad. It's like they forgot they already used a clip and got confused so they added it again. Poorly mastered DVD. I have better footage I got from MSNBC and CNN.
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