A+E Networks’ History will commemorate the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with a new two-hour documentary on the network’s premium film strand “History 100.”
9/11: Escape From the Towers recounts the tragedy of the attacks on the World Trade Center from the perspective of survivors who were in the buildings, just below the impact zone, when the planes hit, allowing them to escape.
The film offers first-hand accounts from occupants of the 81st floor of the north tower and the 77th floor of the south tower, many speaking publicly for the first time as the survivors who were closest to the impact.
Stories recounted include two men who carried a stranger down 68 flights of stairs, a group who worked together to get their pregnant colleague to safety, and people who fought through flames and flying debris.
Produced for History by UK-based Arrow Media, the doc is directed and produced by Grace Chapman, with Sam Starbuck serving as executive producer. At History, Jim Pasquarella, Dolores Gavin and Mary E. Donahue serve as executive producers.
“This film exemplifies what Arrow is all about — bringing new voices to the screen to inform our understanding of world events,” Starbuck told realscreen in an email. “It has been a privilege to work with the individuals who gave us the opportunity to tell their personal stories.”
A+E Networks holds exclusive worldwide distribution rights.
9/11: Escape From the Towers premiers Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on History.
Updated at 2:30 p.m.