Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resillience presents a memorable video collection of dramatic testimonials from U.S. leaders, firefighters, flight attendants, veterans, family members and survivors who miraculously escaped from above the impact zone of World Trade Center Tower Two. The power of the documentary, which is punctuated by archival photos and footage, comes from the faces and raw emotions of the interviewees, who are filmed in front of a white screen speaking bluntly and emotionally about the traumas they experienced, the losses they shouldered, and the resolve and support that sustained them over the past decade.
TIME in association with HBO presents the story of the 9/11 decade in the words of those who led us, moved us, and inspire us. See the faces and hear the stories of survivors, first responders, and others as they reflect on the events of 9/11 a decade later.
If the story of the United States has a theme so far in the 21st century, it is surely one of resilience. To hail that spirit on the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, TIME revisited the people who led us, moved us and inspired us, from the morning of the attacks through the tumultuous decade that followed. These astonishing testimonies — from 40 men and women including George W. Bush, Tom Brokaw, General David Petraeus, Valerie Plame Wilson, Black Hawk helicopter pilot Tammy Duckworth, and the heroic first responders of Ground Zero — define what it means to meet adversity, and then overcome it.