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Students Tell Their 9/11 Story in New Documentary

Casriel's students at Leman Manhattan Preparatory school (photo courtesy of Jennifer Casriel) Casriel's students at Leman Manhattan Preparatory school (photo courtesy of Jennifer Casriel)

Many children were too young to remember the tragic events of 9/11. A new documentary directed and produced by a Leman Manhattan Preparatory school teacher explores this topic by collaborating with high school students to reflect on their experiences when the Twin Towers fell more than 10 years ago.

In an interview with CNN, director-producer Jennifer Casriel says the idea for the film “It Was a Tuesday” came to her as she was talking with her students about “how lucky they were to be New Yorkers.”

“I was impressed with the fact that they could really remember so vividly what happened to them 10 years earlier when they were six years old,” recalled Casriel, stunned at the students’ recollection of 9/11.

The documentary is being praised because of its unique take on story telling. The film is not just about the students’ memories.  Casriel also gave her students cameras to interview their parents at home to capture their perspectives.

“It Was a Tuesday will be featured at the 6th Annual Manhattan Film Festival on July 1. For more information, visit itwasatuesdayfilm.wordpress.com. 

By 9/11 Memorial Staff