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Introduction: In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 (03:34)


Stuyvesant High School is located five blocks from the World Trade Center. Students discuss their families and commuting to the charter school.

First Week of School (03:54)

Mohammed Haque commuted by train with two of his friends to a mall underneath the Twin Towers. Carlos Williams witnessed the first plane hitting the World Trade Center during his first period class. Another plane hit the second tower.

Planes Strike World Trade Center (03:23)

The administration sent students to their homerooms. Haque saw bodies falling from the World Trade Center. The south tower collapsed during second period; the lights flickered and went out.

Evacuation (03:55)

The principal asked students to remain calm and walk slowly. The mass exodus seemed surreal as the second building collapsed. A dust cloud began to move toward the students on the West Side Highway.

Notifying Family Members (03:27)

The World Trade Center was the primary cell phone tower in lower Manhattan. One student allowed his friends to call home using his Nextel. Haque's uncle passed away when the tower collapsed.

Returning to School (02:08)

Stuyvesant High School remained closed for several weeks. Armed soldiers checked the identification cards of students upon their arrival to Ground Zero. Students smelled the burning rubble for months after the attack.

Hate Crimes (04:20)

Stories circulated about Islamic Centers being vandalized, attacks on Muslims, and random searches. Haque was upset that his parents felt the need to prove that they were American. Stuyvesant High School students came together as a group.

Post 9/11 World (05:11)

Students describe the impact of September 11th and how their shared experience made them closer than typical high school students. Michael Vogel wants to teach his child that she can make a difference in the world. "With Their Eyes" is a play created by the Stuyvesant students and their teacher Annie Thoms.

Credits: In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 (01:13)

Credits: In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11

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When the Twin Towers were attacked on September 11, 2001, students had just started their day at Stuyvesant High School, a few blocks away. Through intimate conversations with eight individuals who were there, In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 offers a unique perspective on that tragic day. Directed and produced by Emmy®-winner Amy Schatz, the 31-minute documentary weaves footage of the attack with compelling commentary from student eyewitnesses, who, as young teenagers, found themselves in the heart of the danger zone, fleeing debris, and with a harrowing journey home. Now adults, many from immigrant families, they speak feelingly about the backlash against minority communities that followed the attack and the deep friendships with classmates that got them through. A story about how it felt to be a young person at Ground Zero, the film explores the ways in which September 11 shaped these students’ lives and their hopes and dreams for America, and how it continues to shape the world around us. Told thoughtfully and with great poignancy, the film is deeply resonant today, connecting to the current national conversation about America, racism, and the treatment of immigrants.

Length: 32 minutes

Item#: FMK192527

Copyright date: ©2019

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