Is It Too Soon? The CBS Documentary on 9/11

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One day shy of the six-month anniversary of the September 11th attacks, CBS will run a two-hour documentary called "9/11," which will feature never before seen footage of the attacks on the World Trade Center. The footage was captured by filmmakers Gedeon and Jules Naudet, who happened to filming a documentary on New York City firefighters in lower Manhattan that fateful morning.

Some relatives of those lost in the attack are outraged that CBS will be showing the documentary when their feelings of loss are still so fresh.

"Six months is just too soon," one victim's sister told the Boston Globe. "A lot of people are still struggling. There are so many people holding out hope for finding remains. To see things up close and personal right now, I think is a bit much."

But others see the commemoration of the 6-month anniversary of the attacks with a tasteful documentary as part of the national healing process. This hour, balancing the needs of private mourning and public catharsis.


Jules Naudet, documentary filmmaker captured the entire World Trade Center disaster, including the only known footage of the first plane's impact

James Hanlon, firefighter and co-producer of the documentary

Cindy McGinty, her husband Mike died in the World Trade Center attack

Carolyn Marvin, professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania

Michael Renov, professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinema and Television at the University of Southern California

This program aired on March 8, 2002.


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