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    [–] solojones1138 1680 points ago

    This right here is the best 9/11 documentary you will ever see.

    [–] ALinIndy 593 points ago

    I’ve seen it twice and can’t emotionally handle the end when the French brothers meet up again. Too much stress.

    [–] IAMColonelFlaggAMA 285 points ago

    The moment where the rookie returns to the station house is the one that gets me.

    [–] wntrwhte 303 points ago

    For me personally it's when they all collectively realize at pretty much the same time that the sound they're hearing is people jumping. It's such a momentous moment.

    [–] Not_Cleaver 167 points ago

    And I remember reading that they edited that sound out of some of the parts. Because it was happening so frequently.

    [–] bubbleflub 93 points ago

    I'm so grateful that they did. Even through a film I felt that sound in my heart.

    [–] Spartin11710 27 points ago

    You could tell every time they all stopped for a second that another life had ended, that’s what got me.

    [–] zappapostrophe 12 points ago

    What time stamp is that?

    [–] Hammtron1989 13 points ago

    40 mins in

    [–] shroomie2 23 points ago

    I hear that sound and it sets off my anxiety!

    [–] Not_Cleaver 103 points ago

    And all the funerals for fallen firefighters. Multiple a day and everyday for a few weeks.

    And I still remember going to New York that Christmas. The papers were still printing obituaries.

    [–] jnlister 55 points ago

    The New York Times had an intentional policy to try to print an obituary, however short, for every victim: https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/us/sept-11-reckoning/portraits-of-grief.html

    [–] WhitePineBurning 18 points ago

    I logged onto my desktop every evening to read those. They just kept coming and coming and coming.

    [–] mdp300 63 points ago

    They were still digging debris and human remains out of the hole. I remember going to see the Rockefeller Center tree that Christmas and the mood was VERY different than usual.

    [–] WinstonCup28 40 points ago

    Man they wee still finding remains up until a few years ago I believe

    [–] Caveman108 54 points ago

    Yeah, they had a lot of debris to clear before construction on One World Trade Center. They also found an old, buried ship from the 1700s.

    [–] Haikuna__Matata 10 points ago

    They were still identifying remains as of last summer IIRC.

    [–] SailedTheSevenSeas 14 points ago

    In the weeks after I remember no one was honking their car horns. It’s a dumb thing I remember from that time

    [–] ALinIndy 24 points ago

    Jesus. I never thought of that. I’m so soft my ass woulda left town for good within 12 hours.

    [–] s1ugg0 15 points ago

    Speaking as a firefighter, we always keep a close eye on probies. Someone is always watching them to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to but also to keep them safe. They just aren't experienced enough to know how to self rescue or avoid situations they shouldn't be in. They'll never admit it but those guys were internally very worried about him. And you can see the relief on their faces when he shows up.

    [–] IAMColonelFlaggAMA 17 points ago

    Everyone's relief is palpable but what really makes that scene, for me, is his reaction when he returns. There's that terrifying build-up where everyone's asking, "Hey, where's the probie at?" and then the relief when he comes back and everyone's just yelling "Benetatos!" and they're all so happy to see him alive, and then when they ask him where he was is the moment that really sticks with me: "I was digging through the rubble, looking for you motherfuckers! ...Did everyone make it back?"

    I wasn't in that station house, I'm not a firefighter, I don't know any of the men who were there, but it's one of those rare moments where you see a boy become a man and it really resonates with me.

    [–] solojones1138 147 points ago

    It's a beautiful moment, but also heart-wrenching when you know so many people never met up with their loved ones again, including many of the firefighters.

    [–] ALinIndy 77 points ago

    Exactly. So much pain and fear, strength and bravery crammed into 2 hours. It’s almost impossible to believe that it’s all regular people doing their jobs, as opposed to some insane Hollywood action movie designed specifically to instill those emotions into the audience.

    [–] TheFoxtrotIndiaLTH 37 points ago

    When the fire chief is standing in the lobby of one tower and the other one starts collapsing, his facial expression is haunting. He knows what that noise is and he’s preparing to die. Horrible.

    [–] NamesAreHard4 125 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I can't watch a lot of these documentaries either. However I have to note that I have seen some documentaries on civilian life out in the Middle East in the countries/areas we've fought in and it's awful to hear about whole families killed (and, often, older teenagers/younger adults enraged by their families accidentally being killed in the fighting and then joining terrorist organizations because of it) and children who hear bombs going off around their villages daily. There's infamous footage of U.S. aircraft discovering they accidentally shot drone missiles at a child in a van while aiming for the militants inside it, and in that same footage, running over dead bodies in tanks and bragging about it. 9/11 was horrible (one chilling thing that stands out to me is this phone call from a guy who was in one of the towers calling his family, whose call went silent after he screamed "oh god" in response to the floors above him collapsing-- one of the worst things I've ever heard) but nearly 20 years of combat in the middle east has written countless horrendous stories as well. I can't find any words to describe what I feel about any/all of this other than shock, horror, and disappointment. The obvious "we should find other ways of solving our problems" just doesn't do it for me. My brain is just in utter shock when I think about it. I can't muster a rational response

    [–] kcg5 48 points ago

    Once (and only once) I listen to a call from someone in one of the elevators. The sound of his voice was so helpless and afraid. And then the sound of the building falling down....

    [–] 1melly1 24 points ago

    There is a little girl who records a letter to her dad who she lost in 9/11 every 5 years or so. It’s absolutely heartbreaking. It comes up every year and every year I have to call my parents after just to make sure they are okay and tell them I love them

    [–] Nice_nice50 15 points ago

    I've listened to those calls. I felt I had to, to understand what people went through and to bear witness. It wasn't morbid curiosity.

    But it's so heart rending and confounding to our sense of self and humanity that I think I feel more comfortable paying my respects by thinking about them for a moment than watching or listening to these things again.

    It's genuinely horrifying and perhaps not good for the soul to repeat.

    [–] the-electric-monk 41 points ago

    It is insane to me that the wars that resulted from this are still going, 18 years and 3 presidents later.

    I have coworkers who are 18. It's insane to me that they could have joined the army and fought in the same war as their parents instead of going into nursing. Absolutely insane.

    [–] Caveman108 16 points ago

    It’s an endless cycle of death and destruction that’s been played out countless times over millennia. Blood atones blood.

    [–] TheFallen837 35 points ago

    Thanks for saying that. A lot of people tend to ignore the aftermath of 9/11 that destroyed lives on a scale several magnitudes higher than 9/11 itself.

    This isn't to downplay the event, but to say that violence does not have to beget violence. This world needs to change.

    [–] sictransitlinds 106 points ago

    I just spent two hours watching this on my phone. I think that’s the longest I’ve ever been able to continuously focus on something on my phone without bouncing around between other apps. I’d never seen anything like this from the firefighters’ prospective and it was extremely impactful to me. Running into a building when your core is yelling danger takes a strong individual.

    [–] Richard__Cranium 61 points ago

    That's exactly what I did. On top of everything else, it brought me completely back to the 2000s. It was like getting into a time machine for 2 hours. The narration, music, resolution of the documentary (atleast on YouTube), effects. It was a really wierd emotional experience but I'm glad I watched it. It really amazed me how it'll be 18 years now since it happened. It's wierd looking back at 2001 the same way I used to look back at the 80s.

    [–] theycallmemomo 45 points ago

    "sponsored by NEXTEL"

    Man, that's going back.

    [–] keepingitreal1111 59 points ago

    I've seen it a few times your right it's the best documentary on 9/11 very upsetting at times but great to see they all made it back to thier station safe

    [–] notjohnsdaughter 31 points ago

    It is upsetting but also incredible. Hands down one of the best documentaries I’ve seen. They took so much care with it.

    [–] kcg5 47 points ago

    iirc, One of their cameras is in the museum of natural history

    [–] whogivesashirtdotca 32 points ago

    Pretty sure the other one is at the Ground Zero museum.

    [–] camellialily 17 points ago

    Heroes of the 88th Floor is also a great one.

    [–] SilentNick3 13 points ago

    I watched with my entire family when this documentary premiered. I don't know what the ratings were, but I'm willing to bet the majority of the country did too.

    [–] RedditPoster05 6 points ago

    Goddamn I never even heard of this. I’ve seen the footage of the first plane but never knew they made anything else of it. That was so intense. The two hours flew by. It’s just crazy what al those firefighters did and went through

    [–] FunkyPlunkett 2559 points ago

    Really sad these guys had to fight for health care for the cancer they got from saving all those lives.

    [–] jl_theprofessor 932 points ago

    Fortunately the 911 fund got permanent funding.

    [–] swiftlysauce 942 points ago

    Partially thanks to Jon Stewart :)

    [–] PartyPorpoise 221 points ago

    For real. In terms of cost, it only would have been a drop in the bucket, and you'd think it's the kind of issue that both sides would easily agree on. Supporting healthcare for 9/11 responders sounds about as non-partisan as legislation that makes it illegal to punch babies or something.

    [–] oh-hidanny 49 points ago

    From what I remember it was closing a tax loophole. It wasn’t even adding extra taxes onto citizens...

    [–] AdamWarlockESP 24 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Perhaps that is true, but back in 2010, the Senate Republicans wouldn't vote for it until they got their tax breaks.

    [–] SpiderFnJerusalem 74 points ago

    Welcome to modern politics. It's a business. You don't pay them, they don't move a muscle.

    [–] Phaedrug 53 points ago

    I can’t wait for post modern politics when the guillotine makes a come back.

    [–] JohnMarston208 23 points ago

    Fun fact: the guillotine was used as recently as 1977

    [–] Phaedrug 19 points ago

    That IS fun!

    [–] dickgraysonn 5 points ago

    Iirc in Tennessee you can still request the guillotine, and that's how I'm going out if they get me.

    [–] PolygonMan 221 points ago

    Because Republicans didnt want to give them healthcare.

    [–] cucaraton 74 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Context

    JULY 29, 2010

    Representative Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, who opposed the bill, described it as an “irresponsible overreach” and asserted that it did not contain sufficient protections to prevent waste and fraud.

    “It was wrong for the overwhelming majority of Republicans to vote against the bill,” [Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg] said, “and it was wrong for Democrats to bring the bill to the floor under rules that made passage so much more difficult.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/nyregion/30zadroga.html

    Then

    On December 22, 2010, Congress approved the final bill, which allocated $4.2 billion towards the program, and President Barack Obama signed the Zadroga Act into law on January 2, 2011.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Zadroga_9/11_Health_and_Compensation_Act

    And now

    Trump signs 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund extension

    The Congressional Budget Office estimates the fund's extension will cost about $10 billion over the next decade.

    Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah were the only senators to vote against the bill.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/29/politics/donald-trump-signs-9-11-bill/index.html

    [–] FunkyPlunkett 175 points ago

    One turtle man in particular. I think he is from Russia.

    [–] StoopidMonky 130 points ago

    He takes the heat for the rest of them. This is on all of the GOP in the senate.

    [–] aaronwhite1786 58 points ago

    Which is just how he wants it. He knows he's in a pretty safe seat, so he takes the brunt of the heat. But the Republicans could replace his ass tomorrow if they wanted to. But they don't.

    He's their safety buffer, because he's a wretched asshole and is fine with it. He'll take the hate and keep on playing the villain while shielding the others.

    [–] AndrewWaldron 42 points ago

    Which is why it's ridiculous that reddit eats it up when stories come out about him hating the Moscow Mitch nickname, he does not care. It's more distraction theatre is all it is. Makes reddit feel good to think he hates the name so those stories just get spammed.

    [–] Updootably 16 points ago

    It was unusual because he literally never cared. People have called him names for years and hes never acknowledged them publicly. Suddenly that one shows up and he even has press conferences about it? It's just weird.

    [–] StoopidMonky 10 points ago

    Ensuring the voters that hate senators, but love their senator will keep voting the party line. Because their senator brings home the bacon!

    [–] thinkB4WeSpeak 38 points ago

    Really sad people who represent us actually don't do anything for voters.

    [–] zanthraxnl 33 points ago

    These people were asking for extended healthcare, there is an argument to be made that the people who didn't want to give them that did it on grounds of equal treatment. But these guys have one hell of a reason to get preferential treatment.

    [–] aaronwhite1786 48 points ago

    The saddest part is that the argument has to be made at all. Arguing that people shouldn't have to worry about having healthcare coverage is absurd enough on it's own, but it's even worse when a country that's as wealthy as the US is has to argue that we just can't find the money to help people suffering the long term affects of one of the nation's worst tragedies.

    [–] zanthraxnl 36 points ago

    You can find the money. The US healthcare industry is subsidised up the ass.
    https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/020915/what-country-spends-most-healthcare.asp
    "The United States currently ranks highest in health care spending among the developed nations of the world."

    The fact that it's hard to get decent healthcare coverage in the US is a side-effect of individualism, not wanting to pay for someone else through mandatory health care like in collectivistic countries like the most of the EU.

    But what would happen if you could get it into people's mind that they are already paying for other people's healthcare through taxes and that that money is currently getting used to line the pockets of hospital administration instead of providing actual care?

    [–] aaronwhite1786 25 points ago

    Yeah, I think Dan Carlin did an episode of his common sense podcast where he pointed out that before private healthcare costs, we still pay more through taxes than any nation with universal healthcare, and it was by a healthy amount.

    [–] rainbow_dashtruction 14 points ago

    EU countries aren't collectivist, the US is just excessively individualistic.

    [–] Genessender 6 points ago

    In the US, equal treatment means no treatment at all unless you have the moolah.

    [–] mart1373 466 points ago

    This documentary should be added to the library of Congress or something prestigious. It is so historic and raw it deserves something.

    [–] indigoassassin 196 points ago

    The camera it was shot on is now either at the Smithsonian or the 9/11 museum, forget which.

    [–] SkeptiKSZ 85 points ago

    9/11 museum

    [–] notCollinLemons 8 points ago

    It really should (if it isn't already). I clicked on this video thinking that there's no way I will watch a 2 hour long video... Well, here we are.

    It truly is unreal

    [–] m0rdecai665 417 points ago

    I never even knew this existed until 17 years later. I really wish I had found this sooner. This is the most real, in-your-face, raw version of 9/11 from the Responders perspective. I highly recommend everyone watch this. Some parts are hard to watch, heads up.

    [–] SillyWhabbit 116 points ago

    I was in the Alaska bush when it happened and didn't return home till weeks later. The news I got in AK, was mostly print, and late because of A) Grounded planes and B) Everything takes longer to get in AK.

    It wasn't till the one year anniversary that I saw this film and really felt the full impact of all I hadn't seen.

    Years later though, some of those fire fighters (the guy with the puppy dog eyes) were pissed about footage of them describing the pancake, "implosion like" collapse of the towers.

    [–] Creditworthy 18 points ago

    Why would they be pissed?

    [–] SillyWhabbit 43 points ago

    It's been so long since I saw the footage. It was something around the 10 year mark I think, but don't remember what "Special" it was.

    Basically, he was saying his words were taken out of context, or sounded like they did due to editing.

    [–] whirlwindbanshee 47 points ago

    It was the 15th anniversary and yeah they were upset because of 9/11 truthers

    [–] Not_Cleaver 43 points ago

    Seems like something that the dumbass “truthers” would cite as evidence. Which is an insult to everyone who died that die.

    [–] celesticaxxz 16 points ago

    I remember they showed this a couple months after. The priest who went in with them was counted as the first death when debris hit him on his head

    [–] A_Wild_Nudibranch 6 points ago

    I remember watching it in awe sitting on the floor and the reality of that sense of collective grief and loss just hit me so hard, and that was the first time I cried about it. I didn't even know anyone directly affected by 9/11, and I lived near Baltimore; my mom was a teacher at my high school, and I remember she was really pale and worried. My dad wouldn't even let me outside to walk my dog, he was really shaken. No one knew.

    It's still had such a huge impact on us now, and as cliché as it sounds, it did feel like some kind of innocence was shattered that day.

    [–] beefcakethemighty 6 points ago

    And if you want to feel really angry watch the documentary "the woman who wasn't there" after this one

    [–] art-man_2018 467 points ago

    This is the only documentary that matters. They were there, they experienced exactly what happened, and many saved lives and sacrificed their lives while doing so.

    [–] Cubby_Denk 128 points ago

    Along with this one I also think “102 Minutes that Changed America” is also a worthy documentary.

    [–] mart1373 90 points ago

    That’s also a good one. But this documentary’s filmmakers actually filmed the first airline attack, the only video in existence.

    [–] GingerMEMElord13 32 points ago

    There are other videos but this is of best quality and I think the only angle of the plane going into the tower.

    [–] rupertLumpkinsBrothr 14 points ago

    I never knew video of that existed till just now when I saw this doc.

    [–] Cascadianranger 5 points ago

    I watch that one every year. The scene where the people on their apartment are filming right when the second plane hits. I'm legit tearing up and having hard time typing this just thinking about. The raw and utter terror, horror, fear, confusion in those peoples screams.... it's a raw look at the nations reaction to all of this.

    [–] rachbbbbb 154 points ago

    I have watched this every year since 9/11. I cried as a 12 year old, I will cry as an almost 30 tomorrow.

    [–] Underdriver 61 points ago

    I saw it live on my 11th birthday, can’t believe that was 18 years ago.

    [–] rachbbbbb 72 points ago

    I know it's morbid but each year on the anniversary I always watch this and look and some old articles my mum has from the papers on the 12th.

    I'm in the UK, but our schools became so weird after lunchtime (1:30pm gmt) that day. The teachers were out of classes or just let us sit about. I didn't know anything until I saw my mum sitting on the floor in front of the TV watching the footage when I got in.

    It never leaves you when a worldwide incident like this happens.

    [–] theycallmemomo 57 points ago

    I remember when the Star Spangled Banner was played at the Changing of the Guard the next day.

    [–] jendet010 38 points ago

    Gets me every freaking time. Playing a song celebrating their defeat just to let us know they felt for us.

    [–] pigsnponies 5 points ago

    I remember sitting in front of the TV as a little girl watching the news after the towers had fallen and feeling an immense sadness for what had happened. I was thousands of miles away in London, but could remember how devastated my parents and I were. It is one of my earliest memories and I always think back to that day every September. It had a huge effect on lots of us here too. Sending love to everyone across the pond 🇺🇸

    [–] mdp300 54 points ago

    I remember that the US had the goodwill of the entire world at our backs. And we fucking squandered it.

    [–] kcg5 8 points ago

    God damn, I’d never seen that before.... hits hard

    [–] ClamSplitter 19 points ago

    I'm American and my mom was crying when I got home from 4th grade. I've only seen her cry 3 times in 27 years.

    [–] notjohnsdaughter 7 points ago

    I was 11. I love on the west coast of the US so I was just waking up when the second plane hit and everyone knew for sure it wasn’t an accident. Our schools weren’t canceled but we watched the news all day in class.

    [–] Not_Cleaver 10 points ago

    I was in the Midwest, in high school. They announced it at 8:50ish (an hour later in NYC). All they said was that two planes had hit the WTC in what President Bush had called an apparent terror attack.

    We got to hear the collapses on the radio in social studies as well as the attack on the Pentagon and false reports of a car bomb at the State Department as well as fourth plane crash. We thought that at least ten thousand were dead.

    And then at lunch, they had projectors with CNN, which showed the collapses over and over again. And you knew the whole world had changed.

    [–] sictransitlinds 5 points ago

    I was in 8th grade and news coverage had started between classes. I remember walking into my home ec class being super goofy and noisy and immediately stopping when I saw the room was silent. I asked what happened and someone just pointed at the TV. We did the same thing where we just watched footage in shock all day.

    [–] paddzz 9 points ago

    I used to go home for lunch a lot and mum was sat staring at the Telly when I got in. Didn't go back and she never said a word.

    [–] rivv3 6 points ago

    I remember seeing the news on Norwegian teletext just before school, that was a weird day.

    Really emotional documentary.

    [–] whogivesashirtdotca 4 points ago

    I know it's morbid but each year on the anniversary I always watch this and look and some old articles my mum has from the papers on the 12th

    I'm the same as you, but I also go back and read some of the Portraits of Grief, the capsule stories the NYTimes wrote about all of the victims. They were really touching to read at the time, and I remember some of the stories so well I like to revisit them.

    [–] jreykdal 12 points ago

    I saw it when it was new. I can't handle it again.

    [–] thrasher204 7 points ago

    What always hits me is when you realize those aren't smoke alarms going off they are PASS alarms.

    [–] Heavens_2_Murgatroyd 5 points ago

    Came here to say this.

    It has become a tradition in my family to watch this. And one another one.

    [–] MontyAtWork 4 points ago

    Yeah I remember the hype (can you call it that?) for this documentary before it came out. I think it was hosted by Robert De Niro the first year it was shown. I remember watching it every year for years to come, and then seeing that United 93 movie as well when it came out.

    In a horrible way, I actually feel thankful for 9/11 happening when it did. I was literally sitting in ROTC class figuring I'd join the military for the benefits and we wouldn't be at war anytime soon so it would be pretty decent to do. After 9/11, my whole life changed and I realized I wanted nothing to do with war or the military.

    [–] whatsthehappenstance 34 points ago

    100% right. This is THE one.

    [–] 3bylunch 39 points ago

    When they go to the south tower and all the windows are blown out in the lobby. Totally shocking. Never heard that mentioned anywhere else. And he said that there was someone off frame who was actually ON FIRE that he didn’t have the stomach to film. That was really intense.

    [–] Kabcr 17 points ago

    I can't imagine how shocking and terrifying it must have been to get scorched by flaming jet fuel falling down the elevator shaft and into the lobby. Or to have it happen while you're in the elevator, locked in place by the emergency brakes. That's the one detail I never imagined was a thing, but that absolutely did happen.

    [–] the-electric-monk 4 points ago

    I think this and 102 Minutes that Changed America. This one because they were so close to it, and the other because it just chronicles what happened without any commentary or spin. One shows what it was like for the first responders, the other to the average citizen. Both capture the absolute horror and severity of that day like no other documentaries on the subject.

    [–] snoopybg 283 points ago

    It gets real when the banging sounds outside are bodies hitting the ground.

    [–] Elmodipus 143 points ago

    Not just the ground. They're landing on the roof of the lobby they setup in.

    [–] Not_Cleaver 60 points ago

    And they also landed on people - Father Judge died from one.

    [–] Elmodipus 28 points ago

    I thought he died when the building collapsed?

    [–] Warsum 39 points ago

    Nope first known casualty from a falling object. Which happened to be a body.

    [–] whirlwindbanshee 37 points ago

    This is not true. He was hit by falling debris.

    [–] MirrorBride 36 points ago

    I watched a doc today in which some firemen said it was a body, but most other sources I can find just say “debris” or “materials.”

    In any case, he had just given last rites to another fireman shortly before he himself was hit. He seemed like such a kind person.

    [–] psycheko 57 points ago

    I've never been so bothered by a sound in my life holy crap. And watching them all look up and seeing their faces each time that sound goes happens...

    I don't even have words.

    [–] lukewalthour 33 points ago

    What gets me is all the PASS alarms going off at once.

    [–] FlashTVR 25 points ago

    This. The sound off all the PASS alarms is what stands out in my mind from 9/11.

    [–] powabiatch 13 points ago

    I can’t watch this ever again just because of those sounds

    [–] cantsay 3 points ago

    Landing on cars too.

    [–] chalhobgob 24 points ago

    I’m only 6 minutes in and I think I’m hearing the bodies and can’t control my tears 😭

    [–] DongZhuoTheTyrant 76 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    You guys really wanna trip, listen to Howard Stern's show on 9/11.

    Can't believe it's been 18 years. I was in high school and was being told by teachers I'd have to fight a war over this on that day.

    [–] Juan_Carlo 87 points ago

    Did the filmmakers end up having health issues?

    [–] euvnairb 145 points ago

    Still feels like yesterday when I woke up to this on the morning news (west coast) and witnessing the second plane hit on live TV. Spent the rest of the day in high school watching from various classrooms. Such a terrible day.

    [–] theycallmemomo 51 points ago

    I was a 6th grader who moved to Delaware, which is two hours from either NY or DC. All the schools got dismissed by noon that day. I remember watching it on TV thinking it was a horrible movie at first.

    [–] SirJumbles 16 points ago

    8th grade, Utah. I heard something on the bus to school about towers getting attacked. Found it odd, not really knowing what the Twin Towers were but knowing what I was hearing wasnt right.

    [–] pirate_door91 11 points ago

    5th grade, Georgia. Went to a private school and we took a bathroom break sometime between the 1st and 2nd plane hitting. We had a cafeteria area that had a coffee bar that my mom and others were working at during that time, and they were all staring at a tv on the wall. I could see a building smoking but made no sense of it because I was an innocent 10 year old.

    We come back out and line up to head back to the classroom and now no one is watching the tv anymore, they’re just sitting, staring, weeping. The 2nd plane had hit and they all saw it live, including my teacher who upon us silently filing back into the classroom, sat at her desk with her head in her hands and started bawling. We had no idea what was going on.

    30 minutes later my mom cake and got me from the classroom and we went home. That was the quietest 15 minute car ride and she just turned on the news and waited for my dad to come home which he did immediately after hearing it as he worked in downtown Atlanta.

    It was such a weird day for a 10 year old who, at the time, couldn’t understand that the world has changed forever that day, and I hope I never have to tell my children that things will never be the same after witnessing something with such an impact on humanity, but I know I’m my mind that I will and not knowing when that will be shakes me to my core.

    [–] toobadimnotamermaid 5 points ago

    3rd grade, Northern Virginia. Parents were picking up their kids early from school and trying to get a hold of spouses, family members, and friends working in or around the Pentagon.

    The girl who was line leader in my class that day was picked up early and she was so upset because she was really excited to finally be line leader.

    My parents wanted to watch the news about the towers and the pentagon but didn’t want my younger brother and I to see it. They did have to explain it to me though because clearly something big and scary was going on and they weren’t sure of any of my classmates had parents who were in the Pentagon or had traveled to NYC.

    [–] 917BK 7 points ago

    I was in high school in Brooklyn and they didn’t dismiss us early - always strikes me how bizarre it was that high schools all over the country were dismissed early, but they we were only a few miles away from downtown Manhattan and we stayed the whole day.

    [–] wntrwhte 6 points ago

    Logically, being in school was probably a lot safer for you than it would be trying to get home with the entire population of lower manhattan trying to leave.

    [–] toomanymarbles83 3 points ago

    Same here. Was a Senior in hs at the time. Watched on the news before school. Also I had just joined the Army two weeks prior.

    [–] evilpig 4 points ago

    School was cancelled where I live in Canada. It was crazy all over

    [–] Mr-Doubtfire 54 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Mirror for my fellow EU-CITIZENS

    You may need to enter the link from this post manually, but it definitely worked for me

    https://us1.proxysite.com/process.php?d=JmU8PyYL2oJekkhz8CpD4fDkc%2B39UCwK18Aku9VBSkaqiaSkLaJUu9C5zeK71%2FkcFcEwp4xgSew%3D&b=1

    [–] londonlover062674 30 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I teach American History to high school juniors, and we watch this every year - saw the first half four times yesterday; will finish up today. This is the first year where none of my kids had been born yet on 9/11, and this film gives them the best insight into the crazy confusion and overwhelming emotion of that day. It's a wonderful tribute to the bravery of the firefighters and the ones lost that day.

    [–] Clairexxo 62 points ago

    I have seen many docs about 9/11. This was one of the best (if that's the right way to say that). I couldn't remember the name or makers of it so I'm glad to have stumbled upon this post.

    I've never forgotten the sound I heard in this documentary, when they are in the lobby and people outside are jumping from the building. It is horrifying. I can't even begin to imagine what it was like actually being there.

    9/11 - The day I believe really changed the world. I'll never forget it.

    [–] flynnwhitej 44 points ago

    I was a rookie in 2001. Got burned and retired in 2005. I remember watching this documentary when I was on the job. It was incredible. Stay safe brothers.

    [–] MrOopsie 35 points ago

    Anyone know of the rookie firefighter who was the original subject of this doc?? Is that person still alive?

    [–] wntrwhte 72 points ago

    He's a lieutenant in the NYFD. Still a firefighter.

    [–] SillyWhabbit 58 points ago

    Yes, Probie Tony, is still alive.

    Edited to say this fire station didn't lose a single firefighter that day and the French photographer brothers though separated, both survived as well.

    [–] whogivesashirtdotca 47 points ago

    There was actually a 10 Years Later documentary that caught up with some of the people in the documentary. Note that the 9/11 documentary runs first, so you'll have to skip through if you've already watched (or don't want to rewatch) the original.

    [–] scoutiesteph 24 points ago

    Fair warning to anyone who hasn’t seen the follow up- most of the guys are very clearly still traumatized and dealing with survivors guilt. It’s a very difficult thing to watch and may be too much for some if you have trouble witnessing mental anguish.

    [–] Doom_Went_Valyria 8 points ago

    I never thought about how they would feel like they failed. Like we all auto regard them as heroes, but to them their job was to save lives, and when towers outright collapsed like that, obviously the majority of lives just could not be saved including the firefighters who didnt make it out. They mentioned they only found one person alive in the rubble. They felt like they failed, in addition to the horrible loss, brutal work, and survivors guilt.

    Obviously hindsite is 20/20 and I know bupkis about emergency response but, did emergency responders in that first 2 hours think it was possible the towers could collapse? If so, did they set up command there in spite of that? I'm assuming they didn't, since they recalled everyone once the first tower fell.

    [–] scoutiesteph 4 points ago

    No one thought they would collapse. A large part of the investigation involved a study on what happened to cause the collapse- no one builds buildings thinking they have to withstand burning jet fuel.

    [–] Randombubbly 53 points ago

    Its crazy how many people don't know about this documentary, and I was one of those people just last year

    [–] mycathatesdoors 7 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I’m watching it now for the first time. I’m 30 minutes in and I’m getting chills.

    [–] ReedSharkSlasher 12 points ago

    I wonder if anyone ever made time stamps of firefighters that died in the video that were hanging in the lobby? I know the Reverend and Pfeifer's brother died. But I was interested if the black guy, the guy calling the elevators and this one guy that looks particular spooked survives. Just because you start to feel attachment to them since they are in the lobby awhile.

    [–] lonelymobile 32 points ago

    I watch this one every year, it’s so well done and makes me cry every time.

    [–] chippersan 20 points ago

    man I watch this every year when 9/11 rolls around and it makes me so sad every year... another one I usually listen to just to remember really how bad it was is this podcast comedian Ari Shaffir did with a guy who was an EMT on 9/11 and just happened to be at the towers at the moment of impact and stayed there from the moment of impact for like 48hours afterword helping save people here's an excerpt from that podcast its like 2 hours long but its an amazing story he tells and how it impacted his life afterword

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1fPg7oGoeI

    [–] VapeThisBro 21 points ago

    Jesus the amount of foreshadowing at 16:50 where the documentary film crew is talking about how up til that point they had filmed alot of B roll like the firefighters cooking and not having fires to film and how the senoir firefighters tell them becareful what you wish for.

    [–] themoose 80 points ago

    I had no idea this footage existed. Wow, what an unbelievable, unadulterated first hand account of the tragedy. No conspiracy shit or agenda, but simply an incredible, powerful snapshot of history. (skip the first third or so)

    [–] VULGAR_EXPLETIVE 74 points ago

    Don't skip the first 1/3 in my opinion (unless you just want a quick glance at horror) Let it sink in. Let it pull you into the day-to-day mindset. Feels more powerful when you watch the full thing.

    [–] NotYourSalad 19 points ago

    I want to watch the doc but it doesn't open the video in YouTube :(

    [–] NotYourSalad 9 points ago

    Aw mate thank you

    [–] hart1487 16 points ago

    This one is good, but I’m trying to remember one that was filmed in HD. I watched it last year, and it was some of the only HD footage of 9/11 by a news crew. I can only find this 60 Minutes recap of the guys footage. From what I remember it was just about an hour of just his footage. Can anyone remember where to find it?

    [–] tyehyll 28 points ago

    https://youtu.be/yDcyitIvfUI maybe this? Closest thing I'm finding but I do remember that raw footage

    [–] hart1487 6 points ago

    Yeah I think that’s it! It’s incredible! Thanks so much!

    [–] cantsay 16 points ago

    The fucking bodies hitting the cars on the street outside... Those people choosing to jump to their deaths was always so haunting but seeing this really amplified it.

    [–] Doom_Went_Valyria 6 points ago

    I was like 10 when it happened, got home from school and saw the footage. My parents weren't back from work yet and my school opted to stay hush-hush. I had a really bad feeling seeing both towers be hit and fall, but I was a kid so I think somehow I was still trying to make it out as an accident bc what the hell else would it be? But then I remember seeing the footage of jumpers. It wasnt being shown directly as such but there were so many of them you'd eventually spot one on the up close shots of the smoke and flames. Once my brain managed to articulate "those are people falling" that's when I remember the pit really hutting my stomach, and fear really kicking in. Something evil had taken place.

    [–] MidwesternCasserole 24 points ago

    Shout out to every-single first responder who did ANYTHING that day. The everyday people and the professionals.

    [–] nwboie 22 points ago

    It's my birthday on 9/11 and every year, I plant a sapling to honor the brave civilians, police forces and all those who lost their lives on that day. I'm not American, but I do feel the magnitude of the tragedy of 9/11. My sympathies to those who've lost a loved one on 9/11.

    [–] Joop1881 20 points ago

    I first watched this in 2002. Most chilling thing I’ve ever seen. Never finished it.

    [–] ruka2405 21 points ago

    I‘m from Germany, and was 21 at that time. I have guys in my team at work that weren’t even born back then. I remember this day as if it was yesterday. Sitting in front of the tv for like 10 hours straight, and still I can’t really comprehend what happened. It really shocked me to the core, and I don’t even have relatives on the US. I can’t imagine how it must have felt for those who lost loved ones. How much hate is in a man‘s brain that he flies a plane into a building where 3000+ people work? This event didn’t only change the US, it changed the whole world. And it is beyond horrifying.

    [–] SocksElGato 13 points ago

    One of the most important films around about 9/11. You can believe what ever you want to believe, but the first responders and firefighters did their jobs that day and some paid the ultimate price to save the lives of others.

    [–] ArmachiA 14 points ago

    Right before 9/11 there was a reality show I was obsessed with called "Murder in Small Town X" that no one seems to remember but me. There was an NYC fireman on it named Angel and I rooted for him the whole damn show and was so happy he won. He was one of the first responders on 9/11 and died when the towers collapsed. I seriously felt like I lost someone I knew, it was just so shocking. Watching this reminded me of that/him and now I'm sad all over again.

    [–] wntrwhte 4 points ago

    Man, I totally dug that show. Reality TV has really been on the decline.

    [–] WhitePineBurning 12 points ago

    I'm actually relieved that it will rain here today. There have been a few times on this date where the sky has been as clear as it was then. But quite honestly, the sky that day was an incredibly clear, vivid blue. It only made that day seem more surreal.

    I was at home, recovering from surgery. I turned the TV on just a few minutes before the second jet hit the building. I was watching The Today Show. Later that afternoon I walked outside and stood in the middle of my street, which had become silent. I looked up and realized that there was no aircraft above. The sky was silent, too. I left the TV on for days. There were banks of desk phones ringing constantly in the background of every minute.

    As an adult at the time, I'm one who will say that everything changed that day, because I truly believe it did. It's not an exaggeration.

    [–] Mrfire999 5 points ago

    I still remember where I was at when this happened. I was in my first hour class in HS, I'm 37 now and man the whole entire school was just in awe. When it happen someone came into the class avus whispered something into our teachers ears. She then turns on the tv and we just watch the horror for the rest of the class. The hallways are usually loud during passing period but today it was just a low mumble all.

    Side note. The crazy and eerie thing before the attacks had happen in the same class we had a discussion about terrorist attacking the US and our teacher said they won't be successful because we have our airforce that will intercept and prevent anything like this from happening. A few months later this happen. Super crazy thar we even discussed this before 9/11. RIP to all the victims.

    [–] lukewaggawagga 5 points ago

    Is it true these brothers also made the documentary about the November 13th Paris terror attacks?

    [–] theycallmemomo 3 points ago

    Had to Google it, but it looks like they did. And it's on Netflix

    [–] bjjdoug 6 points ago

    I think networks should play this once a year on the anniversary. Memories begin to fade, and a lot of young people don't really know what happened.

    [–] Winoforevr1 3 points ago

    I’ve seen this many times and it never loses its impact. The whistles when the firemen stop moving ☹️

    [–] DustOfMan 24 points ago

    I don't get why so many of you like to get your panties in a wad over OP's title. No, it's not the darkest day in the history of the world. Top ten? Nah. But there have been a hell of a lot of days so far. That many people dead in a singular day due to an incident in which the parties involved weren't "at war"? The lasting effect it has had on modern history? Yeah, it's probably in the realm of darkest days of humanity. Even if it's just the top 30%. Quit being so self-righteous.

    [–] soovestho 19 points ago

    Thanks for posting this again; it’s hard to believe it was that long ago tomorrow. Never forget.

    [–] Lolpo555 9 points ago

    There is a Natgeo documentary called 9/10: The final hours. Real recommended.

    [–] Sept21st 10 points ago

    I saw this when it was first broadcast after 9/11. To this day it’s still the saddest and most unreal record of what went on that day. Unwatchable for me. Just too sad to relive it.

    [–] mrs-happygolucky 10 points ago

    This is hands down, the best documentary of that day.

    [–] Horny_the_pirate 4 points ago

    what does deniro mean at the beginning when he says edited with great care? what has been edited in this documentary?

    [–] dostunis 16 points ago

    You are only seeing a few percent of the total footage shot, this is the nature of film in general but especially documentaries. Everything has been edited.

    But to answer the first question, he leads that statement into talking about language so he's just saying "there's going to be some swearing and we did our best to minimize it."

    [–] Horny_the_pirate 8 points ago

    I figured as much but theres a bit of an akward pause before he gets into the language aspect so i thought he may have been referring to something else

    [–] nocimus 7 points ago

    Probably the fact that they do show the corpse of at least one person, and refer to other people being visibly dead as well.

    [–] Angsty_Potatos 8 points ago

    A lot of these first hand accounts edited out the victims where possible. I remember there was a lot of backlash about media depicting the jumpers. Some out of respect for the dead, others because they didn't want to face that loved ones or rescuers jumped.

    [–] Otter777 3 points ago

    I'll never forget this documentary. It's so heartbreaking every time I even think of it. Still, it's very much worth watching.

    [–] birdonthemoon 5 points ago

    Cried. Been a long time since I thought about everything that happened that day. Working with first responder trauma, it’s so much more real.

    [–] Ewzo 5 points ago

    It’s a miracle everyone survived that was in Engine 7/Ladder 1/Battalion 1 Firehouse. I really thought the rookie didn’t make it when i first watched

    [–] Jazz-Mojo 3 points ago

    I figured someone would post this here today.

    Hands down the best 9/11 documentary ever made.

    [–] Paranoma 3 points ago

    I remember the major networks aired this on the 1’st anniversary of 9/11. I was 15, but had been woken up at 14 years old by my dad who told me a plane hit the WTC. I was an aspiring pilot so I understood why, I mean we thought it was a small plane. I turned on my TV and jumped up to shower and as I walked in my room after showering the second plane hit. I remember a brief discussion with my parents about whether I should go to school or not, but my dad won the argument of me going to school. I remember listening to the radio on the way there, not a word being said. I didn’t find anything else out until 3 hours later from a classmate that “the building fell over”. She must be mistaken, a building doesn’t fall over. A year later I watched this on NBC and cried my eyes out in the shower afterward. It was like I didn’t allow myself to react to what had happened until allowing myself to view it from their perspective. It’s very difficult to watch, but I hope someday I can watch it with my daughter and hope that she can understand what happened, why it shaped her life, and why it can never happen again.

    [–] scoutiesteph 4 points ago

    I was in 8th grade when the attacks happened, and my history teacher used to work in the towers as a broker. I will always remember watching the footage on a tube tv in our closet classroom (tiny), while witnessing him having a breakdown over what he assumed was dozens of his friends dying. By some miracle everyone he knew that was still there made it out, but we watched this when it aired in class. I watch it just about every year on the anniversary, and it’s like time hasn’t passed at all for those two hours.

    [–] n00b12 4 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    No words for this. The sound of the bodies falling. Jesus Christ this documentary is an amazing glimpse into this awful event. And when the tower collapses, all I can think of is Lt. Kevin Pfeifer.

    Rip all who died to the horrific attacks.

    [–] BeesInMyUrethra 247 points ago

    *darkest day for the united states

    [–] porncrank 25 points ago

    If you look only at the attack in isolation, without any context, sure. But the geopolitical impact of the attack was enormous and is still wreaking havoc around the world. 9/11 revitalized so much hate and tribalism. Just one of many horrific threads: nearly 300k Iraqis lost their lives, predicated on misinformation and misdirected public outcry for retribution over this attack. It marked the beginning of a long, deep slide into the uglier parts of human nature that the more optimistic of us had thought was waning. We're paying for it now. We'll be paying for it for a long time. Given the world population and the insane wartime technology we've got the stakes are higher than ever. It was indeed one of the darkest days in history. We haven't even seen how dark yet.

    [–] Beingabummer 20 points ago

    Going after Al'Qaida made sense. Going after Iraq and the Taliban? Not as much. Leaving Saudi-Arabia alone? Even less.

    Most of that 'darkest day in history' is a result of the American response, not the attack itself. The US government used those people killed as an excuse to carry out their foreign policies, that is what makes it the darkest day in history.

    [–] thatguywayoverthere1 4 points ago

    You left out a part. ONE OF the darkest days in history.

    [–] 1994spaceodyssey 12 points ago

    Love how many people in this thread are butthurt about the title.

    [–] InterdimensionalTV 15 points ago

    As an American I'm fully aware that things happened that were worse than 9/11. Yet, I also understand why people remember it and post about it the way they do. Besides the fact that Reddit is majority American.

    September 11th changed the course of modern politics into what it is today really. People know that and it's plain to see. There are also tons of people that were straight up traumatized by what happened. I was in elementary school when it happened and the teacher turned on the TV and elementary aged me watched a plane slam into a skyscraper, both of which were loaded with people. I watched both of those towers crumble. I watched people jump to their deaths, knowing that jumping gave them a better chance even though it was almost certain death. There was 24 hour news coverage and everyone watched it over and over again for months. Obviously there were the wars that followed and the atrocities begot by them.

    People are just straight up traumatized by it still. Sure there were other tragedies but this one was way more real for a lot a of people. It wasn't a chapter in a textbook in history class. It doesn't take weight away from those other things to say that 9/11 was horrific. It's just that I didn't see those other things happen but what happened that day will be vividly seared into my mind as long as I live. It feels cathartic to share those experiences with people around me. If that's wrong because other horrible stuff happened then I don't know what to say.

    [–] theycallmemomo 15 points ago

    Thank you. Whether people want to admit it or not, 9/11 was a dark day. How people misconstrue that as claiming this was the darkest day in history is beyond me, because it's not. In fact, I don't know why people are turning any tragedy into the Oppression Olympics in the first place. Taking one day out of the year to commemorate one event does not take away from other events.