National Geographic Channel is taking a different approach toward the anniversary of 9/11 with a new documentary titled 9/10: The Final Hours, which retraces the 24 hours before the the World Trade Center was leveled to the ground by a terrorist attack.
What sets this documentary apart is its focus on regular people rather than experts and politicians. It’s touching to hear from those who were deeply affected on a personal level by what they lost after 9/11. This gets away from an academic analysis of 9/11 and distills it down to what we had and what we lost, as told by people that anybody can relate to.
The execution is thoughtful and serves as a reminder of how much has changed since that day. It’s very much a love letter to the World Trade Center, as interviews with those who worked there show how proud they were to be there everyday.
There are some interviews with the working class folks who interacted with the terrorists Mohamed Atta and Abdulaziz Alomari on Sept. 10 and how those memories haunt them to this day. It’s a chilling reminder of how easy it is for people with bad intentions to hide in plain sight.
9/10: The Final Hours premieres on National Geographic Channel Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.