Films Based on Real Events Freak Me Out

I was 11 when 9/11 happened and what I do recall are blurry fragments. Part of me wishes I’d been older so I could’ve grasped the severity of what was going on. Then again, a part of me is relieved in a kind of “ignorance-is-bliss” way that I was too small to fully understand the situation. Today in my film class, we were discussing Japanese cinema post WWII and the professor played the short film by the Japanese director Shohei Imamura from the collection of 9/11 videos, 11’09’’01.

On my way back to my room, I kept looking up at the Sears Tower (I refuse to call it Willis or any other name) and thinking “what if the attack had happened here?” and “what if that ever happens here?” Basically, I managed to scare myself for a good 15 minutes. Which made me think, people all over the world worry about being attacked every day. If only we all lived by John’s Lennon’s song Imagine, the world would be so different…

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