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Highlight: 7 Days in September

Monday, September 11, 2006 9/11/2006 12:00:00 AM

"7 Days in September"

Posted by Steve Rosenbaum, Director

"Five years ago, I found myself watching a heartbreaking disaster from my office window that seemed like the world was coming to an end: The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center as they burned and crumbled. Out of a desperate need to do something useful, I gathered some members of my team and we began to film. After weeks of staring at the buildings burn [on the tapes we shot], I realized that these attacks needed to be told by a community of voices, with a multitude of perspectives.

"7 Days In September" is the result. It's a work of collaborative filmmaking, a collection of voices, cameras, and perspectives. It begins on the morning of 9/11, and ends the evening of 9/18. Those seven days are full of fear, anger, pain, loss, and a deep sense of community. I'm told that the film touches people in different ways, and that there is no single message or point of view. I hope that's right. It isn't meant to be an answer, but rather a sounding board that may help people to ask deeply personal questions.

On the fifth anniversary, we had many options for this film. We could have put it back in theaters. We could have played it on television in the U. S. and around the world.

We choose to do neither. Instead, we are sharing it on Google Video for free. For those of you who choose to watch, we hope it helps you connect with feelings that are productive rather than simply painful.

And if you have your own video or footage to share, we hope you'll use our CameraPlanet 9/11 Archive site to post your own videos and thoughts. This archive is built to gather and protect the images, video, and stories of 9/11 for future generations. We hope this memory helps bring context and understanding to future generations."