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9/11 Documentary??

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This is one of the last topics on our history schedule this year. I am hoping to find a good documentary that will show my girls what happened that day. I have been searching online for a while and everything is about conspiracy theories, this is not what I am looking for. I just want the history of that day. My girls can handle this and I want them to understand how this country felt at the moment and afterwards. So, can anyone please recommend a good documentary for this?? Thanks!

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"7 Days in September" is a good one. It's currently on Netflix Streaming.


As I recall (it's been a while since I've watched it), it was done through the perspective of several amateur filmmakers who filmed different parts of that day in New York (it doesn't so much cover what happened in Pennsylvania or Washington). Not sure what your threshold for how much is too frightening -you may want to see it ahead of your kids (of course). If you're going for what it felt like to be an American that day, that should be a good choice, as it's done through the perspective of average New Yorkers experiencing it.

**edited to add: there is some foul language (expletives mainly) in this. Just a heads-up for viewing with children. I'd forgotten about that.**


"Rebirth" is also an interesting one --following nine people in the years following 9/11 and how they worked through the grief and shock of what happened. It's on Netflix Streaming as well.


If you're looking for more of a straight-up documentary, I'd recommend "102 Minutes that Changed America." That film covers a timeline of events and more detail on what happened and how it happened. It's not on Netflix, but it was a History Channel production and might be on YouTube or available through the library.


Hope that helps.

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