102 Minutes that Changed America includes amateur, professional footage of Sept. 11

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, on the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the History Channel debuts 102 Minutes that Changed America, a two-hour, commercial-free documentary that chronicles the time between when the first plane hit the World Trade Center until the second tower collapsed.

It uses raw footage from more than 100 sources, both amateur and professional, “sources ranging from amateur photography and video to FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority and emergency dispatch radio recordings, photography and video,” in addition to “footage broadcast outside the US, electronic messages and voicemails and “outtakes” culled from raw network footage,” according to the network.

102 Minutes is also edited basically in real time, reconstructing the events of that morning through the eyes of people who lived through it and recorded what they saw. The documentary is followed by I-Witness to 9/11, a short documentary featuring interviews with those who shot the video, as the actual footage doesn’t include present-day commentary. Both will be released on DVD later this month.

Here’s a preview of that footage that, again, unlike the actual documentary, is interrupted by producer Nicole Rittenmeyer discussing the film:

102 Minutes that Changed America / Witness to 9/11 [History Channel]

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