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9-11 Film Series

"When people are frightened, when they are insecure, when they don't know what in the world is going on, they turn to artists and they say, 'Build us a shelter. Anything. A lean-to. A little cabin. An igloo. Build us a protective shell so we can understand where we are. I don't care if it's a scary shell just so long as it's a shell.'" - Paul Schrader, screenwriter of Taxi Driver

In observance of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attack, a 9-11 Film Series was screened on the Winona State University campus from September 11th - 16th, 2011.

Curated by Nathan Wardinski, host of Sounds of Cinema, the films were selected and assembled based on three questions: What happened on 9/11? What did we do in response? And what did that response do to us? The goal of these screenings was not to provide simplistic answers to these questions, but to use cinema as a platform from which to discuss how we conceive and understand the attack, our resulting attitudes and actions, and ultimately pry at the broader question: what does 9/11 mean? These are challenging questions with possibly even more challenging answers.

Scroll down to find more information about each of the films included in the series.

You can read a reflection on the film series here.

 

Film Schedule:

Sunday, September 11th:

United 93 (2006)

Directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum), this intense dramatization of the 9/11 attack focuses on the events aboard United Airlines flight 93. The film was named among the best pictures of 2006 by several critics and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.

MPAA rating: R
111 minutes

Blog entry for United 93.

Monday, September 12th:

Osama (2003)

An Afghani film about a girl and her family living under the Taliban. This was the first Afghani film to be made after the Taliban were removed from power and it won the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 2004 Golden Globes.

MPAA rating: PG-13
83 minutes

Blog entry for Osama.

Tuesday, September 13th:

Restrepo (2010)

A documentary film about American soldiers stationed in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

MPAA rating: R
93 minutes

Blog entry for Restrepo.

Wednesday, September 14th:

Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

Called "one of the essential documentaries of the ongoing war" by The New Yorker, this film examines the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the United States in the War on Terror. The film won an Oscar and an Emmy for Best Documentary.

MPAA rating: R
106 minutes

Blog entry for Taxi to the Darkside.

Thursday, September 15th:

The Messenger (2009)

A wounded soldier (Ben Foster) is assigned to a Casualty Notification Team and partnered with an experienced soldier (Woody Harrelson) who instructs him on the procedures of his job. Coming Home for the September 11th generation. Harrelson was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

MPAA rating: R
113 minutes

Blog entry for The Messenger.

Friday, September 16th:

Four Lions (2010)

Compared by critics to Duck Soup and Dr. Strangelove, this dark comedy follows a group of bumbling terrorists who attempt to fulfill their dreams of martyrdom but constantly foil themselves due to their own stupidity. Fans of Life of Brian, The Daily Show, and Good Morning, Vietnam shouldn't miss it.

MPAA rating: R
97 minutes

Blog entry for Four Lions.

The 9-11 Film Series is sponsored by Sounds of Cinema, Winona State University's English Department, Communication Studies Department, Department of Housing and Residence Life, Department of Theater and Dance, Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Office of Student Life and Development, Philosophy Department, University Programming Activities Committee, Vittorio Colaizzi, Anne Plummer, and Jim Williams.