9/11 Documentaries on Kanopy

September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.  There will be widespread coverage of events taking place all over the nation to commemorate this occasion.  Stories from that day and reminiscences by family and friends will be shared on television, radio and online.  The Kanopy movie streaming database also provides several documentaries about 9/11 that share many stories you may not be familiar with.  The following are a sample of the documentaries available on Kanopy and the descriptions are provided by the database.

9/11 Inside the Pentagon (2016)

On September 11th, 184 people lost their lives at the Pentagon. Today many people are surprised to hear that the Pentagon was ever a target, let alone the loss of life that occurred there. And even fewer know about those who escaped and how many people were terrifyingly close to the impact zone.

On the 15th anniversary of the attack, survivors -- many for the first time -- tell their stories. There are harrowing accounts of crawling blindly through dark, smoky corridors, leaping from windows to escape, reentering the inferno to find colleagues, carrying the wounded to safety and tending to gravely burned, unrecognizable co-workers despite the dangerous conditions that surrounded them.

Boatlift – An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience (2011)

From the midst of 9/11, one of the darkest moments in American history, comes this inspiring and relatively unknown story. When the twin towers fell, hundreds of thousands of people ran to the water's edge. They soon realized that Manhattan is, indeed, an island. And that they were trapped. Within moments, an armada of every vessel that could get to the city's seawall spontaneously organized. Dashing into the teeth of danger, hundreds of boats pulled together and, without any formal planning, military or otherwise, they pulled off an ad-hoc sea evacuation that became the largest in history. Their story of courage and resolve reminds us of the powerful spirit that rose among us, on that fateful day. Narrated by Tom Hanks.


Man in Red Bandana – The Story of a 9/11 Hero (2017)

On September 11th, 2001, Welles was 24 years old working in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. During the 56 minutes that the tower burned, Welles performed extraordinary actions of valor and courage, and paid the ultimate sacrifice while saving the lives of, at least, 10 people.

In the months that followed, Welles' heroism was known only to those he saved. However, eight months after the disaster, his parents pieced together the story of their son's final hour due to an ordinary object ... his trademark red bandana. This film is a celebration of Welles, his story and the thousands of lives he has touched throughout the country. During the film's denouement, audiences learn a secret about Welles that is pure inspiration.

Code Yellow: Hospital at Ground Zero (2002)

A feature documentary, produced in association with NYU Downtown Hospital, narrated by Brian Dennehy, and written by Dennis Watlington and Dr. Antonio Dejar, which tells the story of the remarkable medical response of the hospital closest to Ground Zero on 9/11.