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Greenlit: Children of 9/11, Channel 4

Children of 9/11 w/t  (1 x 90′) – On September 11th, almost 3,000 children under the age of 18 lost a parent. Of those, some were not yet born – they were still in the womb when the towers collapsed.

Ten years on, this film gives a voice, for the first time, to the young people directly affected by 9/11: the children who lost a parent on that fateful day and those who were born afterwards – their lives linked by a terrible accident of fate that has made their childhoods part of the most significant and terrifying event of modern times.

Over the course of a year, Children of 9/11 has followed eleven children from six families across America. We’ll hear from some who are only just beginning to comprehend what they lost on that day, whilst others, remarkably, are now able to find a way to positively transform their lives. Their honest recollections of this confusing and catastrophic day, as well as their difficult and inspiring journeys in the years since, offer incredible new insight into the far reaching consequences of September 11th.

The film accompanies the children as they go about their daily lives, interweaving powerful interviews with home movie footage of their families to create a unique and intimate portrait before and after the tragedy. The children of 9/11 – whether they were in the womb or on the brink of adulthood – all reveal heart-warming truths about how children cope with loss; families overcome grief; and the astonishing strength and resilience of children that can even help their parents come to terms with tragedy.

Channel: Channel 4

Producer: Darlow Smithson

TX: September 2011

Source: Channel 4

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