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My 9/11 2011

Stills from My 9/11
Stills from the My 9/11 video.

My 9/11 is an hour-long documentary depicting what it was like to be on the streets of Manhattan on the day the World Trade Center was destroyed.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I received a phone call telling me that a plane had hit the Twin Towers. Not knowing what to expect, I ran out of my apartment with my camcorder under my arm and videotaped everything I saw.

Ten years later I felt compelled to publicly share my footage on the decade anniversary of September 11th because I wanted to show the world something different than what had been seen in news reports and dramatizations. My 9/11 was first screened at PLACE gallery in Portland, Oregon and then uploaded to YouTube where, at the time of this writing, it has been viewed over 750,000 times.

The greatest compliment I have received about this video is that it makes people feel like they were there that day and that they are surprised at how helpful, kind, and unified New Yorkers were. What makes me most proud is that I captured a piece of history in a way that humanizes instead of hypes the events of 9/11.

“I think just about everyone in the world has seen a video of the attack, but this is really something quite different. It’s almost like actually being there, seeing the different peoples’ reactions, hearing the news spread, it’s really quite powerful footage...”Archie Moss YouTube viewer

Date: 2001-2011
Location: New York City
Press: KATU News
Portland Tribune

My 9/11

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