Magazine article New Internationalist

11' 09" 01 - September 11

Magazine article New Internationalist

11' 09" 01 - September 11

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This is a collection of 11 shorts by 11 filmmakers from 11 countries. Each is about the attack on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001. Each is symbolically 11 minutes, 9 seconds and 1 frame in length.

Most of the films are political and all resist the Bush regime's co-option of events. Ken Loach looks back nearly 30 years to 11 September 1973, the date of the American-sponsored coup against Allende's democratically elected Left-wing government in Chile. Mira Nair (director of Monsoon Wedding) challenges the Islamophobia that swept America. Based on a true story, her film is about a New Yorker of Pakistani origin who is missing after the attack. The authorities accuse him of being a terrorist on the run. In fact, as a police cadet and emergency volunteer, he had hurried to the Twin Towers to help in the rescue and had died in the buildings' collapse.

Clearly people across the world sympathized with America's loss and suffering but several filmmakers appeal for reciprocity, for acknowledgement that Americans are not uniquely victims. …

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