The lightness of Come From Away is an exception in the tribute to 20 years of terrorist attacks. Most channels and streaming platforms even bet on documentaries.
History alone, which has produced more than 70 hours of programming on the subject over these two decades, comes with five new features. Today, at 8:15 pm and 10:00 pm, respectively, the channel airs 9/11: Conspiracy Theories and 9/11: The Four Fatal Flights. Tomorrow at 7:45 pm, 9/11: Attack on the Pentagon. At 8:40 pm, it’s time for the World Trade Center: Before and After the Fall. And at 10:20 pm, History presents The Hunt for Bin Laden: The Mission Revealed, which had access to the 9/11 Museum archives and features interviews by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
“We live in a world where conspiracy theories come up more and more often, whether it’s about 9/11 or the covid,” said Clifford Chanin, executive vice president of the 9/11 Museum and producer of this latest show, in interview by videoconference. “So it’s up to all of us to tell the stories correctly to really show what happened, especially to young people.”
Apple TV+ reconstructs practically step by step the government’s reactions to the September 11 attack: In the President’s Office of Crisis, by Adam Wishart, who interviewed George W. Bush and his closest advisers.
Netflix presents Tipping Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror, which traces back to the beginnings of al-Qaeda in the 1980s, talks about the attacks and the ensuing war on terror, in five chapters. The streaming service also released How Much is It Worth?, a drama featuring Michael Keaton as a lawyer fighting for the victims.
The series Retratos de uma Guerra Sem Fim, which will be available from tomorrow on Globoplay, with the first episode shown on Sunday, 12, at 11 pm, on GloboNews, brings a Brazilian perspective. Reporter Marcos Uchôa, who covered Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Lebanon, shows the consequences of the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in four episodes.
For Richard Eichen, one of the only survivors of the 90th floor of the North Tower, who gives his testimony at World Trade Center: Before and After the Fall, talking about the subject is fundamental, however painful it may be. “It’s very difficult to understand such a recent event from a full perspective. I think the more data we collect today, the more historians of the future will be able to come to better conclusions.”