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‘9/11 Falling Man 1.8’ is a documentary based on an article by Jon Junod about a photograph of a man falling from the World Trade Centre on September 11 2001. The snippet of the documentary is intended for the general public and those wanting to remember and learn more of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The video uses techniques such as images, commentary, juxtaposition, photos, sounds and interviews to convey history and memory.
The podcast embarks on a systematic process with the clear intention of using the twin towers not as a representation of two buildings but as the representation of the strength and superiority of America. This is supported by images of heroism and patriotism throughout the podcast. Like the website the podcast shows the images of firefighters, rescuers and the American flag. It does this as people prefer the memory of the 9/11 attacks as an event where America came together as a whole nation. Throughout the video commentary is used to state the historical facts of the event. Also in the video is a montage of super imposed images of tragedy juxtaposed with the sound of everyday life. For some the memory of September 11 started off being “…just another ordinary day” and the juxtaposition shown helps us to connect to the history.
The sound of crying, screaming and explosions is used throughout the video to convey the painful memories of those affected of the historical event. Also interviews are used to give the perception and memories of the interviewee and helps the viewer to become emotionally involved. This is also shown in the website as there are personal eyewitness accounts. The purpose of the clip is to show that a photo of one man falling encompasses the painful memories of the historical event of a whole nation “it was branded distasteful, exploitative, and voyeuristic.”