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.



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