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That 9-11 film
Guardian Unlimited Film | News | Tears and reflection at 9/11 film premiere:
"United 93, by the British director Paul Greengrass, opened the Tribeca Film Festival, and the evening began like any other premiere, with a red-carpet procession of celebrities - including Robert De Niro, Steve Buscemi and Gabriel Byrne - and attendant TV cameras and gawking passersby.

But joining them in the 1,600-capacity Ziegfeld Theatre was a group who gave the event a more sombre tone: about 90 people who lost family members when a United Airlines plane crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all 33 passengers and seven crew members, as well as the four hijackers. The relatives were given a standing ovation after Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the festival with De Niro, said she hoped the film could be part of a 'healing journey'."

I'm uncomfortable with the idea that we can fictionalize history for the sake of "healing", or to feed an emotional need. I think that the tendency would be to cater to the narrative of least resistence. What happened on that plane is mostly speculation with little bits of evidence to lead to some assumptions. But the truth of the matter is that we have no witness to the actually event, to what happened, who did what, who said what.

The film is a documentary-style re-creation of what Mr Greengrass calls a "believable truth" about what might have happened on the plane and in air-traffic control centres - from the moment a controller hears the first indications of the hijacks to when the Flight 93 passengers storm the cockpit and try to seize control.

Its too early to deal with the events of 9-11 in this way. While its true that almost five years have past, we are still in the midst of the political fallout of that day. We are still using that event to guide our decision as a nation. There is no way that we could take an objective look at the tragedy of that day. There are too many forces pushing us to draw the right conclusions. There is a halo of political correctness that keeps us from thinking clearly about 9-11. Its what led us into the war in Iraq, where we were unable to question the emotionally driven narrative that "something needed to be done", even if it was completely unrelated.

"This movie puts a face on the enemy and demonstrates accurately the extent to which the enemy will go to destroy us," David Beamer, the father of passenger Todd Beamer, told the Guardian before the premiere.

"The enemy doesn't have the word surrender in his dictionary, and we can't have the word retreat in ours."

Like I said, narrative.


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