CBS aired a remarkable documentary on the September terrorist attacks, titled 9/11, on the eve of the six-month anniversary of that horrific day.
The basis for the special was footage shot by two young French filmmakers, brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet, who were in New York City to film a documentary about a rookie fireman. Their goal was to trace the path of a boy becoming a man; instead, they found themselves caught up in a disaster.
One of the brothers, Jules, actually followed a crew from the firehouse into the ground floor of World Trade Center 1. His footage exposes some of the horror that those firemen faced.
The Naudets compiled all of their footage from that day into a moving, understated film. By limiting the scope of the story, and following just one group of firemen throughout the ordeal, these young filmmakers produced what will likely be one of the most effective tributes to the men who answered the call of duty that day.
CBS execs have not announced plans to show the film again, but, in the event that they do, it is not one to miss.