On 11 September 2001 the world changed and changed forever. It has been 20 years since nearly 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks since 9/11, which resonates around the world. The events of that sunny Tuesday are still not understood today. In the years that followed, the film not only created an awareness of aggression; It was also created by it and by its chilling consequences.
Hollywood, known for influencing violent real-life events, a generational consciousness, took five years to announce the first film on events at United 93 and the Oliver Stones World Trade Center. Representation of the Twin Towers has also recently been removed from the screens. The original teaser trailer for Spider-Man (2001) featuring the Twin Towers has been withdrawn; The last scene of Men in Black II (2002) was reshooted. It was considered too fast, too close to the horrible reality.
Over the years, cinema in the US and abroad, widespread fear, hatred, hate crime and, worst of all, the war on terror – the capricious decisions of the so-called US government on the invasion of Afghanistan. And thin excuses when looking back at Iraq. As support for the attacks waned, we had to watch films like The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and I in the Sky (2015) that questioned the role of the US in the Middle East. The black-and-white world of TV dramas like 24 has paved the way for moral ambiguity at home.
As the attacks complete 20 years, some TV shows and films related to 9/11 were able to capture the terrorist attack and its aftermath.
The Looming Tower
Based on Lawrence Wright’s 2006 book of the same name, The Looming Tower is a complete description of the whole subject: the background, the attacks, why they were not prevented, and the immediate consequences. Wonderfully written and wonderfully acted with excellent dialogue, caught up throughout The Looming Tower.
Way to Guantanamo
Director Michael Winterbottom shows the dramatic test of Ruhal Ahmed, Asif Iqbal and Shafiq Rasool being held captive at the base since their capture in Afghanistan. What sets Guantanamo off the road is, from a prisoner’s point of view. Partially featured is a heart-wrenching documentary and some narrative feature that explores the illegal detention and torture of prisoners without trial in Gitmo.
The report is a drama film titled Investigation Report on Allegations of Violence against the CIA in the wake of 9/11. Adam Driver is the headline for the film as Daniel J. Jones, the current head of Advance Democracy, Inc. Jones was responsible for the document “Senate Select Committee on CIA Detention and Intelligence Program Intelligence Committee Report”. Among other things, how many innocent people were brutally tortured by the CIA so that the interrogators said what they wanted.
Zero Dark Thirty
A pulse-pounding thriller that dramatizes the events leading up to the assassination of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty has made good use of its cast to create an image that does not seem unfounded while acting fast. Jessica Chastein, if you ever have any doubts about her talent, will provide an amazing performance in this movie.
Directed by Kabir Khan, the 2009 film focuses on the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on Muslims living in New York US. The film stars Katrina Kaif, John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh in the lead roles. Around the world, Islamophobia was on the rise at the time and with images like this, one can see that there was a lot of collateral damage in the war on terror. The film also stars Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in important roles.
Khuda Ke Liye
Released in 2007, Khuda Ke Liye was one of the most important Pakistani films of the time, focusing on the meaning of Islam and how terrorist organizations misunderstand it. The film’s events in the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan are about bigotry, women’s rights, creative freedom as well as the future of those who have been wrongly labeled ‘terrorists’. Shoaib Mansoor stars Naseeruddin Shah, Fawad Khan and Shaan Shahid.
My name is Khan
This Karan Johar film talks about racism, which made the lives of thousands of South Asians in the US 9/11 world very difficult. Its dialogue “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist” is the gist of the film. The film was accessed with all the mainstream bells and whistles starring Shahrukh Khan-Kajol, but its main premise spoke to a global audience.
Based on the novel of the same name by Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hameed. The highly acclaimed film was a success on the festival circuit at the time and was seen from a South Asian perspective on world affairs. Although many films at the time were steeped in Islamophobia, The Reluctant Fundamentalist told his story from a Pakistani-American perspective. The film stars Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Leave Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri and others.