In September 2001, French brothers, Jules and Gedeon Naudet, and fellow filmmaker James Hanlon were making a documentary about life as a New York City fireman. The project hit close to home for Hanlon who was transitioning into film-making after years spent as a fireman.
What the documentarians ended up covering was one of the worst days in American history. They were filming several blocks away from the World Trade Center when the attacks began and captured some of the first footage of a plane slamming into the north tower.
For the rest of the morning, they followed the crew of Engine 7, Ladder 1 as they reached the World Trade Center and tried to help people.
The ensuing film that followed, “9/11,” shows footage from inside the north tower, as the south collapses.
That film re-aired 15 years later on CNN with updated footage.
“We often talk to high school students, and one of the more fascinating things about the kids who were either too young or not born [on Sept. 11] is that they are such a visual generation,” Jules Naudet said in a statement. “The film resonates so much more with them. They can put themselves in that place.”
Watch the video and be ready to relive the moments of that day, through the eyes of some of the men who helped save countless lives and lost countless others.