Tuesday, October 6, 2009

9/11: The Falling Man-doc on WTC jumpers(MUSTSEE)

When two planes hit the World Trade Center on 11/9/01 thousands lost their lives in a variety of ways. The media was full of images fed live on television and also in the newspapers; one set of images more than any other caused controversy and universal condemnation – those of people falling or jumping. Over the next few days these images were removed and replaced with more images of the heroic response, of the American spirit in evidence – fire fighters, policemen and such. This documentary looks at the fate of those trapped by the flames who were faced with a horrible decision and the identity of the famous and terrible image of the falling man as taken by Richard Drew.
This documentary has not been released in the U.S. It is well done and very moving. There is no gore or footage of jumpers hitting the ground. This Doc is not an exploitation of voyeuristic death footage, but rather the remembrance of those poor people above the impact zone and what they had to go through. The choice they had to make. That last phone call or text message they sent to their loved ones. Their last grasp for air before choosing to take control of their own fate. They were forced into a situation of disparity that no human being can begin to ponder the depth of. These were mothers, doctors, lawyers, chefs. Bankers, day care employees, secretaries, and accountants. These people did not come in to work on the morning of 9/11 expecting to be put in such an extreme situation. Having to make that final choice. Which choice would you have made?


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