It was television that brought most Americans news of the Sept. 11 attacks -- images of the Twin Towers collapsing, announcements and speeches from leaders, interviews with people who saw or were affected by the attacks firsthand.
Ten years later, a lot of those same perspectives will be on TV, this time with a decade's worth of time to reflect on the day. New interviews with leaders, including then-President George W. Bush, will show how decisions were made that day, and other documentaries will let viewers in on the perspective of people most directly affected by the attacks both then and now.
Here are a few of the most noteworthy specials scheduled to air to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks:
"George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview," directed by Peter Schnall Former President George W. Bush gives a detailed account of what happened on Sept. 11 from his perspective. He goes through what he was doing and thinking during each hour of that day, including his thoughts when the news of the attacks was first whispered to him and how he felt watching people jump from the Twin Towers. The special is scheduled to air on the National Geographic Channel Aug. 28.
"9/11: Day That Changed The World" Interviews with Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Rudolph Giuliani are some of the highlights of this Smithsonian Channel special put together for the 10th anniversary of the attacks. The special goes behind the scenes to show how the day unfolded for decision-makers in the country. Scheduled to air on the Smithsonian Channel on Sept. 5, it will also be available for download at smithsonianchannel.com and on iTunes.
"Rebirth," directed by Jim Whitaker Victims of the Sept. 11 attacks tell their stories as they try to recover from the loss of loved ones over the course of seven years. These interviews are mixed with time lapse photography of the site the Twin Towers stood as the rubble is cleared and a memorial rises in its place. Originally shown at Sundance in 2011, the documentary is scheduled for theatrical release in August and will premiere on Showtime in September.
"9/11," directed by James Hanlon, Jules Naudet, Gedeon Naudet and Rob Klug What started as a documentary of a young firefighter stationed a few blocks from the Twin Towers in Manhattan ended up giving a first-hand account of rescue workers responding as the terror attacks of Sept. 11 unfolded. The directors caught the only known video of the first plane to hit the Twin Towers, and took the video inside the towers after the crashes. Originally aired in 2002, the film is scheduled to air again on CBS on the anniversary of the attacks. It's also available on DVD.
"9/11: 10 Years Later," directed by Jules Naudet, Gedeon Naudet and James Hanlon A follow-up to "9/11," this movie is scheduled to run right after its predecessor on CBS. Robert De Niro hosts the special, which features updated interviews with firefighters in the original documentary.
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