Eleven short films about 9/11

M. Adams galture at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Dec 17 07:16:28 MST 2002

A collection of movies about September 11 is winning
praise round the world - except in the US, where it is
yet to find a distributor. By Duncan Campbell

Friday December 13, 2002

It is September 11 2001 and a young man goes missing
in New York. Because of his eastern name and his
Islamic religion, he is suspected of being involved in
the attack. The FBI inquire about him. The neighbours
of his family show their disapproval. Eventually it
transpires that, as a trained paramedic, the young man
had rushed to the scene to help the survivors and had
died doing so.

His true story, one of the many tales of heroism on
that day, is the basis of Mira Nair's contribution to
11'09"01, the title for 11 films by 11 directors of 11
different nationalities that, in 11 minutes and nine
seconds each, consider the events of September 11. The
directors include Ken Loach, Claude Lelouch, Mira
Nair, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Sean Penn, and
the countries represented include Egypt and Burkina
Faso, Israel and Iran. Put together by the French
producer Alain Brigand, the films vary from the
quietly reflective and personal to the more
internationalist and polemical. All the contributions
are provocative in different ways and at least four
are real gems.

Rest at http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/fridayreview/story/0,12102,858571,00.html

Mark Adams

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