The 9/11 Memorial Museum’s public programming season begins on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. with award-winning documentarians Jules and Gédéon Naudet. They will discuss their latest Netflix project, a three-part documentary chronicling the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The Naudet brothers know the World Trade Center site well because their work brought them to the center of the attacks on 9/11.
On the morning of 9/11, Jules shadowed FDNY firefighters on a routine call near the World Trade Center for an ongoing documentary project. After hearing a loud noise – the sound of American Airlines Flight 11 roaring toward the North Tower – Jules captured what became rare footage of the aircraft hitting the building as well as bystanders reacting to the attack in shock and horror.
Simultaneously as the news of the attacks broke, Gédéon traveled to the World Trade Center out of concern for his brother. Gédéon was inside the North Tower when the South Tower collapsed and took refuge inside a nearby fire truck.
When he ventured outside, Gédéon used the light on his camera to navigate through the thick dust. He assisted an injured man and then made his way back to the firehouse to await news of his brother, fearing that Jules had died. But two and a half hours later, the brothers were reunited.
Like so many that day, the experience of 9/11 changed the Naudets forever. Their footage became part of a documentary titled “9/11,” which aired on CBS in 2002. They donated their video camera used on that day to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff