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Memory Box: Echoes of 9/11

David Belton, Bjørn Johnson, UK 2021, 94’
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Several months after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, artist Ruth Sergel built a wooden video booth in which people touched by the events of September 11 could independently - without reporters or filmmakers - record their memories of that day. Hundreds of people recorded their accounts in 2002 and 2003: New Yorkers who were at or near Ground Zero around the time of the attack, first responders, military personnel, Pentagon employees, residents of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the fourth hijacked plane went down. They mourn the dead, share their experiences, describe in detail the rescue operation, the evacuation from the twin towers and everything that happened on that fateful day. For many of them, a visit to the "memory box" was a form of therapy. Their memories - often complementary to each other - create a moving, very intimate record of a traumatic day. After nearly twenty years, the creators of the installation reached out to some of these people with a request to face the events of September 11 again and try to assess how that day influenced their lives and how America has changed over the last two decades. 

Jakub Demiańczuk

David Belton

David Belton is a British director, screenwriter, producer, writer and reporter. For the BBC, he reported on, inter alia, the civil war in Rwanda and later incorporated his experiences into the script of Shooting Dogs, directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Belton directed numerous documentaries for television, including series such as Nova, Horizons and American Experience, an episode of the latter, entitled The Amish, received an Emmy nomination. 

Selected filmography

2008 10 Days to War (TV miniseries, 3 episodes)

2013 Latino Americans (TV series doc.)

2015 Nelson: In His Own Words (TV doc.)

2015 Strangeways: Britain’s Toughest Prison Riot (TV doc.)
2016 Captive (TV series doc., 1 episode)

2019 Ghosts of the Deep: Black Sea Shipwrecks (TV doc.)

2019 This Is Football (TV series doc., 1 episode)

2020 Lost World: Deeper into the Black Sea (TV series doc., 2 episodes)

2021 Memory Box: echa wydarzeń 11 września / Memory Box: Echoes of 9/11 

Bjørn Johnson

British editor and documentary filmmaker who has worked on numerous television productions. Memory Box ... is his directorial debut.


2021 Memory Box: echa wydarzeń 11 września / Memory Box: Echoes of 9/11 

Cast & Crew

director David Belton, Bjørn Johnson
screenplay David Belton, Bjorn Johnson
cinematography Zebediah Smith
editing Simon Dales, Bjorn Johnson, Kate Spankie
music Paul Sanderson
cast Flo Fox, Donald Byrd, Ruth Sergel
producer Elizabeth Fischer, Hugo Godwin
production MSNBC Films, NBC News Studios, Peacock
sales NBC Universal
language English
coloration colour
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