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Pair of 9/11 documentary specials secure global sales, set premiere dates

Arrow Pictures and the Start TV Network announced sales and premiere dates for a pair of unscripted specials commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this year. Arrow Pictures completed a variety ...
August 13, 2021

Arrow Pictures and the Start TV Network announced sales and premiere dates for a pair of unscripted specials commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this year.

Arrow Pictures completed a variety of global sales this week for its upcoming documentary feature Generation 9/11. The deals, delivered by distribution partner PBS International, will take the film to PBS (USA), Channel 4 (UK), ARTE France (France and Germany), SBS (Australia), Telefonica (Spain), SRC (Canada), ERR (Estonia), VRT (Belgium), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), La7 (Italy), Alhurra (the Middle East and North Africa), DR (Denmark) and Globo (Brazil).

Generation 9/11 is a commission from PBS, ARTE France and Channel 4 telling the stories of children who lost their fathers in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Using new footage, family photos and home archives, the film follows the personal journey of these children through the last 20 years.

The film will premiere in the UK on Aug. 16, and in the US, France and Germany on Aug. 31. It’s one of a range of 9/11 films that Arrow Pictures executive producer and creative director John Smithson┬áis responsible for, including 9/11: Phone Calls From the Towers and 9/11: The Falling Man.

“9/11 is an event that reverberated around the world, having ramifications for many, far from the Twin Towers in New York, and for many years to come,” Smithson said in a news release. “None were affected more so than the contributors in our film whose lives will forever be shaped by the events that day.

Generation 9/11 is directed by Liz Mermin (First Ladies, The Beauty Academy of Kabul). The Arrow Pictures production is executive produced by Lucie Ridout.

Start TV Network also announced its own special to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with the hour-long Remembering 9/11: Reflections From Those Forever Changed, which will premiere on Sept. 5.

The special recalls intimate stories from women changed by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The second half of the hour-long special, “My Start Story – Twenty Years Later: Reflections on 9/11″ profiles three women who were on the ground in New York City on that day. The women offering their reflections include Brenda Berkman who was an off-duty firefighter who ran to Ground Zero to assist first responders that morning; Genelle Guzman-McMillan who was the last person pulled from the World Trade Center rubble, 27 hours after the towers fell; and Alex Bortz who was starting her first day of high school when the towers fell, killing her father.

Start TV will also present a special edition of the short-form profile series My Start Story featuring these women whose lives were affected by 9/11, airing throughout the day on Sept. 11.

Remembering 9/11: Reflections From Those Forever Changed opens with the heartbreaking story of Michele Heidenberger, told through the eyes of her son Thomas. Thomas was just a 14-year-old freshman at Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C when his mom Michele, an American Airlines senior flight attendant, lost her life as Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001. In an intimate conversation with an old high school friend, Thomas remembers the day his life changed forever, sharing memories about his mom and the details of the life she has missed.

Then, in the second half-hour, “My Start Story – Twenty Years later: Reflections on 9/11″ will profile three women who were on the ground in New York City on that fateful day.

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