September 11th, 2001 is still a date that looms over our world, eight years on from the attacks on New York and Washington.
The events that day not only saw the death of thousands of innocent people but were also a catalyst for the political and religious turmoil that has engulfed the first decade of this century.
But earlier this week Channel 4 screened the most compelling documentary about the events of September 11th that I have seen.
Entitled 102 Minutes That Changed America, it was produced by The History Channel and consisted of footage shot on the day in (almost) real time without any framing, voice-over or overt editorialising.
It contained a lot that I hadn’t seen before and the editing of raw video gave it a haunting and visceral impact, which this footage shot from the dorms of NYU gives you a flavour of.
Some of it was graphic and upsetting, but it is a film I would urge people to see and the History Channel’s website has an interactive map with more information and interviews with the people who turned on their cameras that day.