Spielberg, De Niro and a flood of television programs remember 9/11
Wednesday 07 September 2011
As the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center will be commemorated this Sunday, television networks and more are rolling out dozens of documentaries and programs to remember the event, chronicle the recovery and recount the rebuilding of the site, from every angle.
Books, museum exhibits and classical concerts are part of the remembrance. But just as millions watched live news coverage on television documenting the events as they unfolded in New York and Washington DC in 2001, television is again offering a front-row seat to survey the effects and progress over the decade.
The unveiling of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum will open this Sunday to family members of nearly 3000 victims of 9/11 for the Memorial Ceremony with US President Barack Obama and other politicians - and will be televised.
Among the many programs leading up to the anniversary and televised on Sunday, one highlight is by director/producer Steven Spielberg, Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero on the Discovery Channel. The series documents the construction and reshaping of the 16-acre plot into a new World Trade Center complex.
Actor and New Yorker Robert De Niro will host a program, 9/11 Ten Years Later, an update with footage from the original documentary by French filmmakers Jules and Gédéon Naudet and James Hanlon featuring Manhattan firefighters. De Niro launched the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 in an effort to revitalize lower Manhattan after 9/11.
Public Broadcasting (PBS) will air America Remembers 9/11 featuring personal testimonies and followed by A Concert for New York with the New York Philharmonic performing Mahler's Symphony No. 2 to honor of 9/11.
Also, actor Martin Sheen ( The West Wing) will narrate 9/11: Day That Changed the World on the Smithsonian Channel and in The Love We Make, Paul McCartney tours the city after the destruction to plan his benefit show, 'Concert for New York City.'
When Pop Culture Saved America on the Bio Channel shows how various entertainers contributed, from charity telethons to comic/actor Denis Leary's successful dramatic series Rescue Me on New York firefighters, coming to its finale this week.
Oscar winner Melissa Leo's The Space Between film examines how the attacks brought people together and makes its TV debut after appearing at last year's Tribeca Film Festival.
Among the dozens of programs on various channels, including CNN, the History Channel and National Geographic, different perspectives are presented, from retrospectives to eyewitness accounts of heroism and survival.
Views on major issues are also the focus of programs, such as Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero on changing attitudes about religious beliefs to Day of Destruction - Decade of War which looks at the resulting conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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