For students from elementary school to high school, the September 11 terrorist attack is not a memory. It is history. A new HBO documentary, premiered for the 18th anniversary of the event, deals with this.
Filmmaker Amy Schatz was hit by the necessity of her project, "What happened on September 11," when a third-grade girl told her about a game date she and a friend were "googling". 11 attacks. "
" When a child does that, it finds some pretty horrible pictures that are not necessarily suitable for children, "Schatz said Tuesday. "So I felt obliged to fill that gap and give kids something that is not terrible and somehow fills in the gap."
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The half-hour movie debuts on Wednesday at 18:00. A companion piece focusing on the memories of former high school students near Ground Zero will be premiered three hours later.
Schatz specializes in "The Number on Great Grandpa's Arm" against the Holocaust and another against shooting in parkland. "I am very desperate for something more light, very soon," she said.
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In this case, she worked on the memorial museum on Sept. 11, filmed two men working there and giving presentations for third graders. Stephen Kern, who worked on the 62nd floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, talks about being evacuated. Matthew Crawford, whose father was a firefighter who died that day, talks about his experiences. She also found a middle school in Secaucus, New Jersey, which teaches history through art and poetry and helps students process the emotions of what they have learned.
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Im The entire film will be short history lessons about New York and the World Trade Center, the uniquely highest, given towers in the world. Construction began in 1968.
"One of the biggest questions children have is why? "Why would someone do that? Why should it be so cruel? "This is a very difficult thing to deal with and the most difficult to answer."
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The film tells of Usama bin Laden and his activism that started with the invasion of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, but it never really answers the why, maybe nobody can.
Treasure escapes some horrible images of the day not: the second plane, which hits the World Trade Center and the resulting fireball, the collapse of each tower and the huge debris clouds that pile up through the canyons of city streets.Chief did not want to avoid these clips as kids know that planes in the buildings collapsed, but she decided not to spend much time with them "so that we do not create too many afterimages in the minds of the people." 19659003] TATTOO HELPS THE EMOTIONAL WOUND HEALING OF THE SURVIVOR of September 11
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As part of her research, Schatz Alumni interviewed Stuyvesant High School near the World Trade Center site. But the memories of what they saw that day were heard and smelled, and the uncertainty about how they would get home from school proved too harsh. That's why "In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on September 11th" is a separate movie that premieres on HBO three hours after the first movie.
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Schatz said a school curriculum is being developed to teach children about the tragedy, and "What happened on September 11th" is being provided to schools for free. The film is mainly aimed at children aged 7 to 12 years.
Throughout her life, Schatz kept reminding herself of the youth as she searched the Internet for details on September 11th.
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"You can not protect children from what they'll encounter," she said. "It seemed like an opportunity to bring out something appropriate to age, not too scary, and give them the tools they need to understand the world around them."