#hotdocs 2020 “9/11 Kids”

It’s the most famous whisper in American history. During a press event in a second-grade classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, White House Chief of Staff Andy Card walks up to President Bush and whispers: “A second plane has hit the second tower. America is under attack.” The imagery of the President on camera at the exact moment he learns of a major attack on the country, while in front of a classroom of six- and seven-year-olds, is surreal to watch, even today. These are the final moments of innocence, right before the storm. Now in their mid-20s, those kids, who bore witness to the very moment a new American reality was born, offer a fascinating window into post-9/11 America. Some have joined the military or started their own businesses, while others have fallen on hard times. They are the generation of Google, smart phones and Facebook, but also cyber-bullying, global terrorism, and climate change. 9/11 Kids is the untold story of those students and provides a window into some of the most vital themes of the American experience.


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