HBO is slated to air Amy Schatz’s In the Shadows of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11, a documentary about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, through the lens of New York City high school students located just blocks from the World Trade Center.
The previously-announced documentary revisits the events through conversations with eight Stuyvesant alumni. The film’s subjects describe witnessing the planes crash, fleeing from the towers’ collapse and their harrowing journeys home, often miles away in the city’s outer boroughs, including Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Representing students from various immigrant communities and backgrounds, the participants speak about the backlash against minorities that followed the attacks, and the deep friendships formed with classmates in the wake of the tragedy. Participants include Taresh Batra, Catherine Choy, Ilya Feldsherov, Mohammad Haque, Liz O’Callahan, Himanshu Suri, Michael Vogel and Carlos Williams.
The 35-minute documentary is directed and produced by Emmy award-winning Schatz, whose work includes Songs of Parkland, The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm and An Apology to Elephants.
The film was executive produced by Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller of HBO. Katy Garfield and Sascha Weiss served as co-producers. HBO’s Susan Benaroya served as production executive, and Sara Rodriguez served as supervising producer. Diane Kolyer was consulting producer.
In the Shadows of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11 airs Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Schatz’s What Happened on September 11, a short film for children, will debut Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. The 30-minute family documentary, produced in association with the 9-11 Tribute Museum, is an introduction to the events of 9-11 for a young audience.