102 Minutes That Changed America

102 Minutes That Changed America
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Theme music composerBrendon Anderegg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerNicole Rittenmeyer for Siskel/Jacobs Productions
EditorSeth Skundrick
Running time102 minutes
Original networkHistory (worldwide)
Original release
  • September 11, 2008 (2008-09-11)

102 Minutes That Changed America is a 102-minute American television special documentary film that was produced by the History channel and premiered commercial-free on Thursday, September 11, 2008, marking the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Its name comes from the timespan from the first impact of American Airlines Flight 11 and the collapse of the World Trade Center. The film depicts, in virtually real time, the New York-based events of the attacks primarily using raw footage from mostly amateur citizen journalists, focusing mainly on the reactions of New York inhabitants during the incident. The documentary is accompanied by an 18-minute documentary short called I-Witness to 9/11, which features interviews with nine firsthand eyewitnesses who captured the footage on camera.

According to this film, most of the archival footage was in possession of the U.S. government but was not released to History until years after 9/11. The documentary film attracted 5.2 million viewers.[1] The program aired on Channel 4 in the UK, France 3 in France, History Channel in Brazil on 7 September 2009, SBS6, in the Netherlands on 9 September 2009 and on ZDF in 2009 and 2010.[2] The 7 September 2021 was aired in Catalonia on TV3's program Sense ficció.[3] In this channel, the film featured a high audience with 345,000 viewers and 18.4% share, thus achieving the program's best record since 18 May 2021.[4] A&E Television Networks, parent company of History, aired it across all of their cable networks on September 11, 2011, at 8:46 a.m. EDT, the exact time American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into 1 World Trade Center ten years earlier.[5]

Awards and nominations[]

2009 Emmy Awards[]

In 2009, the documentary won three Primetime Emmy Awards, out of four nominations, for the following categories:

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  1. ^ Blair, Iain (June 8, 2009). "Reality shows with a shot at Emmy". Variety. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
  2. ^ screenshots of ZDF programme schedule
  3. ^ "102 minuts que van canviar Amèrica". CCMA.cat (in Catalan). 2021-09-07. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  4. ^ "TV3 arrasa amb el documental sobre l'atemptat de l'11-S a Nova York (18,4%)". Elmondelatele.cat (in Catalan). 2021-09-08. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  5. ^ Watch 102 Minutes that Changed America on A&E TV Archived 2012-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Outstanding Nonfiction Special - 2009". Emmys.com. 2009. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  7. ^ "Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera) - 2009". Emmys.com. 2009. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  8. ^ "Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming - 2009". Emmys.com. 2009. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  9. ^ "Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming - 2009". Emmys.com. 2009. Retrieved 2021-09-20.

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