Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is set to release two HBO documentaries that tell the story of the events surrounding the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York’s Twin Towers. In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant on 9/11 and What Happened on September 11, two documentaries produced by the premium cable channel and Emmy® Award-winning documentary film producer Amy Schatz (Song of Parkland), will be released on Digital on March 9, 2020. In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant on 9/11 is the insightful documentary that features eight former students who witnessed the attacks on New York’s Twin Towers from their high school, located just four blocks away. What Happened on September 11 is an informational documentary that which introduces the events of September 11 to young viewers. Both films will be sold separately in high- and standard-definition formats and will each retail for $12.99 SRP SD/HD ($14.99 SRP SD/HD in Canada).
When New York City’s Twin Towers were attacked by al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001, students had just started their day at Stuyvesant, a specialized high school – considered the most prestigious and selective public school in New York City – located just blocks away from the World Trade Center. In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 revisits the attack through the eyes of eight millennial adults who were 13 to 15 years old at the time and who witnessed it from their classrooms, offering a unique perspective on the life-altering tragedy. In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 weaves footage of the attack with compelling commentary from student eyewitnesses who tell the story of what it felt like to be a young person at Ground Zero.
In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 was directed and produced by Schatz. Katy Garfield (Song of Parkland) and Sascha Weiss (Warning: This Drug May Kill You) were co-producers. Sara Rodriguez (Wig) was supervising producer. Nancy Abraham (Axios) and Lisa Heller (Leaving Neverland) were executive producers.
What Happened on September 11 is a look at the events of September 11 that provides a sensitive yet informative account of a dark moment in history. The documentary short follows a group of students from Secaucus Middle School on a class trip to Lower Manhattan, where they visit the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and 9/11 Tribute Museum. There, they hear first-hand accounts of the tragic day. Through archival photos and footage, the film explains the significance of the World Trade Center towers and provides an overview of the rise of Al-Qaeda and prior attacks led by Osama Bin Laden. The documentary film also touches on the other tragedies of 9/11, including the third plane that was flown into the Pentagon and the fourth plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania field after brave passengers onboard fought to take back control of the aircraft. The film also teaches students about the aftermath and clean-up efforts.
What Happened on September 11 was directed and produced by Schatz. Katy Garfield (Song of Parkland) and Sascha Weiss (Warning: This Drug May Kill You) were producers. Nancy Abraham (Axios) and Lisa Heller (Leaving Neverland) were executive producers.
“For those who are too young to have witnessed the 9/11 attacks, What Happened on September 11 offers an insightful introduction into the tragic events that took place that day. In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant on 9/11 also takes us through the events of 9/11 as seen from the perspective of groups of students who witnessed the attacks first-hand,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. She added, “Both films offer an informative and enlightening look into this historical event that changed the world forever.”
The releases of In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant on 9/11 and What Happened on September 11 will be available to own on Digital on March 9, 2020. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others.