Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society, History  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Issues, Tragedies & Catastrophes  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A presentation of the HBO cable channel's "Parent Handbook" collection, the half-hour Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 eloquently offers a child's eye view of the horrendous terrorist attack which levelled the World Trade Center. Youngsters from all walks of life are encouraged to discuss their reactions to 9/11, as their comments are complemented with well-chosen songs performed by Frank Sinatra, The Byrds, John Lennon, The Spinners, Otis Redding, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, and Woody Guthrie. While some of the children's words are heartbreaking -- one youngster expresses "frustration with God," another wonders plaintively how pilots trained by Americans could turn upon their benefactors -- other observations are life-affirming and optimistic that, out of the rubble of the Twin Towers, somehow people will learn to settle their differences peacefully and without bloodshed. Through a Child's Eyes was produced in consultation with the NYU Child Study Center, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media.

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aftermath, child, discussion, interview, observations, September 11th, terrorist-attack