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New York close up and political

by Lucy Ellinson
Issue No. 1776

A new video from the US called 9.11 produced by Indymedia is now available. It is an alternative insight into the immediate response of New Yorkers to the events of 11 September and to the threat of US military retaliation. It begins the very next day after the attack, where the people of New York gather in Union Square to share experiences.

What is surprising is the level of political debate US citizens were prepared to engage in. Their response seems a world away from the war cries from Bush. Footage explores what it is to be American, a Muslim in New York, or a believer in a better future.

Running through all of the city interviews is the desire to acknowledge and address the root causes of what took place. A concise factual whistle-stop tour through the history of US operations in the Middle East since 1953 is a great educational tool.

Audiences are given an insight into the use of US troops, arms supplies, bombing, sanctions, the corporations and the motivations of US intervention. We see footage of the first New York peace demonstration.

The video footage actively engages with events. The video 9.11 is immediate and hopeful, a thoughtful and honest attempt at making sense of it all, ideal to screen for a public discussion group.

9.11 is available for £15.51 from TV choice on 020 7379 0873.

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Sat 24 Nov 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1776
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