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NOTE: This page includes only video documentaries on the 9/11/01 attack. Video footage of the World Trade Center attack can be found on the 9/11/01 WTC Attack Videos page.

Numerous documentaries about the September 11th attack have appeared in the eight years since the event. The official explanation of the World Trade Center destruction is uniformly supported by mainstream productions such as NOVA's, whereas serious challenges to that explanation are found in a handful of independently produced films, mostly eclipsed by less credible efforts in a field full of easily-ridiculed wares promoted as 9/11 truth. This page highlights documentaries about the World Trade Center destruction based on several criteria, including historic import and originality.

Because the claim that no Boeing crashed into the Pentagon has been shown to lack scientific merit and has been used effectively as a smokescreen to discredit challenges to the official account the World Trade Center's destruction, videos promoting this claim are distinguished here from those whose analysis is not so encumbered.

Videos Challenging the Official Account

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9/11 Analysis with David Chandler
by David Chandler

9/11 Analysis is a DVD by David Chandler examining the destruction of the North Tower and Building 7, and NIST's Reports rubber-stamping the collapse explanation. Put simply, Chandler shows beyond any reasonable doubt that these buildings were felled by controlled demolition, and that NIST officials engaged in scientific fraud to conceal this fact. Chandler does this by focusing on just a few key pieces of evidence, and presenting his case with such objectivity, clarity, and transparent rationality that his conclusions are inescapable.
9/11 GUILT: The Proof is in Your Hands
by Don Paul, Jim Hoffman, and Celestine Starr

In this DVD, Jim Hoffman and Don Paul offer conclusive evidence that the Twin Towers and Building 7 were subject to controlled demolitions, who profited from these indubitable demolitions, and why. The DVD contains two talks and several special features:
  • 'Proving Controlled Demolition of World Trade Center Building 7 and the Twin Towers' --Jim Hoffman
  • 'Indicting Financiers Behind the Crimes of 9/11/01' --Don Paul
  • 'What We Can Do'
  • 'On the Ground: Testimony of New York Fire Department and Emergency Medical Responders' --Jim Hoffman
  • 'Hidden Means of Theft: The Federal Reserve System and the Council on Foreign Relations' --Don Paul
Excerpts from this video can be viewed here.
9/11: Blueprint for Truth
by Richard Gage

This DVD captures the multimedia presentation given by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth founder and San Francisco Bay Area architect Richard Gage, AIA, to a packed audience at the University of Manitoba, Canada in 2007. Gage provides clear, convincing evidence that controlled demolition was the cause of all three WTC high-rise "collapses".
The Emerging Science Around the 9/11 World Trade Center Destruction
by Kevin Ryan

On September 12, 2009, the Economics & Political Science Department of Keene State College and the Monadnock 9/11 Truth Alliance hosted a talk in Keene, New Hampshire by Kevin Ryan titled “The Emerging Science Around the 9/11 World Trade Center Destruction”. In this talk, Ryan presents the tangled web that weaves together the companies, agencies, and personalities which may have played a role in the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. Also included is an interview with Niels Harrit shown on mainstream television in Denmark. Dr. Harrit is first author of the paper co-authored with Kevin Ryan, 'Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe'. The accompanying slideshow can be viewed here.
Lifting the Fog
by Jim Hoffman, Steven Jones, Janette McKinlay, Jenna Orkin, and others

This set of videos covers the entire day of the Lifting the Fog conference. Each of the disks covers one of the four sessions of the Conference:
  • Ground Zero Exposures and Health Impacts
  • Analysis of the World Trade Center Destruction
  • Critique of Official Collapse Theories of the Twin Towers
  • Highlights and Panel Discussion
Nanothermite: Explosive Material found in 9/11 Dust
by Steven Jones, PH.D.

This video captures the rich multimedia presentation given Dr. Steven Jones in Sacramento CA, on April 30th, 2009. Jones gives a detailed yet easy-to-follow account of the discoveries made by the team of researchers who published the paper Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe, summarized here. Jones also shows the communications from an individual --- C. Martin Hinckley -- attempting to intimidate Jones, with career threats and bribe offers, into recanting his findings. Jones wonders about Hinckley's role the his subsequent forced retirment from his long-standing professorship at Brigham Young University.
Scientific and Ethical Questions
by Steven Jones

owebsite="www.septembereleventh.org" owebpage="www.septembereleventh.org/donations.php"> This video captures a slide presentation by Dr. Steven Jones examining the fate of the three World Trade Center towers. Jones first looks at the case of the total collapse of WTC Building 7, noting its symmetry and rapidity, and contrasting it with other cases of skyscraper fires (which didn't induce collapse) and earthquake-induced collapses of high-rise buildings (which weren't symmetric). Jones then looks at the Twin Towers, showing details of their construction and noting the properties of steel. He explains how NIST, failing to experimentally verify floor collapses, based their report on computer models, which they refused to publish. Jones explains the how thermite and variants of it can be used to cut steel, and how reports of molten metal and sulfidated steel are consistent with the use of thermite.

The second half of the presentation covers more general issues surrounding the 9/11/01 attack, such as fabricated evidence of bin Laden's guilt, administration foreknowledge, and aspects of the imperial agenda enabled by the attack.

This video is one of two titles on the disc which includes "A New Standard for Deception" by Kevin Ryan.
A New Standard for Deception
by Kevin Ryan

This video, the subject of this detailed review, captures a presentation by Kevin Ryan, a former lab manager and scientist at Underwriters Laboratories. Ryan explains details of the investigation by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) not acknowledged by the Institute, such as its failure to experimentally verify the floor pancake theory, forcing it to invent a new theory about the Towers' collapse. Ryan notes commonalities in the WTC investigations by NIST and FEMA, and the investigation of the 1995 Oklahoma City Building, such as a high degree of overlap in the leaders of the respective investigations.

This video is one of two titles on the disc which includes "Scientific and Ethical Questions" by Steven Jones.
Improbable Collapse: The Demolition of our Republic
by Michael Berger

This video provides a sober look at the total destruction of the three World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7. It features the work of the seven individuals:
  • Steven Jones: BYU Professor of Physics
  • Mark Jacobson: Journalist/Editor, Eyewitness
  • Glenn Corbett: Professor of Fire Science
  • David Ray Griffin: Eminent Theologian and Author
  • Kevin Ryan: Former Site Manager for Environmental Health Laboratories
  • Jim Hoffman: Demolition Hypothesis Pioneer, Computer Engineer
  • William Veale: Retired Public Defender, Contra Costa County, CA
Flights of Fancy/Truth and Politics
by David Ray Griffin

This video contains two illustrated talks by David Ray Griffin: Part I is based on his October 3, 2004 speech in Santa Rosa, CA; and Part II is based on his October 12, 2004 speech in Montpelier, VT. Part I is essentially a summary of Griffin's second book on the 9/11/01 attack, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions. Griffin gave this talk prior to the book's publication. Part II is about the various official accounts of military response to the attack.

This video supplements each speech with added images and video clips to illustrate Griffin's points.

Some of the points Griffin makes in this speech are enumerated here. A transcript of Griffin's speech, complete with references, is archived here.
9/11 & American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out
by unknown

On September 24, 2006, KPFA Radio in Berkeley, CA sponsered a panel discussion with guests David Griffin, Kevin Ryan, Peter Pillips, Peter Dale Scott, and host Ray McGovern. The historic event, which was attended by an audience of more than 400 people, was one of a series of events in late 2006 that stressed reason- and science-based aproaches to the analysis of 9/11/01.

This 2-hour DVD includes presentations by each of the five speakers.

Videos Promoting the Official Account

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Why the Towers Fell - An Exclusive Investigation into the Collapse of the World Trade Center (2002)
by Garfield Kennedy and Larry Klein, directors

This video by NOVA presents FEMA's explanation for the total collapse of the Twin Towers. NOVA's companion website to the video is critiqued here. NOVA does not consider whether controlled demolition was involved.
World Trade Center - Anatomy of the Collapse (2001)
by Steve Spak Productions

This documentary uses computer graphics to explain the collapses of the Twin Towers. It blames a flaw in the design of the Twin Towers for their total collapse. A simulation of the initiation of a collapse explains that the floors held up the walls. It shows perimeter walls bowing out immediately following the severing of connections between the trusses under a floor and the walls. Like the NOVA special, this explanation is based on the truss failure theory, later abandoned by NIST.

Videos Documenting the Attack and Aftermath

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WTC - The First 24 Hours (2002)
by Étienne Sauret, director

This video has begins with a high-resolution close-up of the beginning of the North Tower's destruction, and is followed by video footage of Ground Zero taken within the first 24 hours of the attack. The video lacks commentary, the audio consisting only of the sounds of the original footage. It shows many different parts of Ground Zero, from the perspective of firefighters and rescuers.
9/11 - The Filmmakers' Commemorative Edition (2002)
by James Hanlon and Rob Klug, directors

This video is based on the video taken on 9/11/01 by filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet, who were in New York City filming a documentary on the FDNY. The Naudet brothers accompanied FDNY personnel to the World Trade Center after the attack started, and filmed the only known footage of the inside of the North Tower after the first jetliner crash.

Videos Mixing Challenges to the Official Account with Promotion of the Pentagon "No-Boeing" Claim

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Painful Deceptions (2 hours)
by Eric Hufschmid

The precursor of this 2003 video was The 9-11 Scam. Painful Deceptions is more tightly edited, but lacks some of the details of information in the earlier video. Painful Deceptions has less on the destruction of the Twin Towers than the companion book Painful Questions but it has persuasive 20-minute segment on Building 7. Painful Deceptions has much more than the book on the Pentagon attack, but the Pentagon segments feature a good deal of sloppy or even deceptive analysis. The errors include:
  • It asserts that the attack plane made almost no sound, when in fact eyewitnesses describe the roar of jet engines.
  • It goes into a lengthy digression about vapor trails based on a Pentagon CCTV video frame to promote his missile theory, without considering alternative explanations such as engine damage from light-pole impacts.
  • It misrepresents the Pentagon eyewitness evidence, cherry-picking a few examples and implying they represent the eyewitnesses as a whole.
  • It makes most of the common errors in evaluating the Pentagon attack physical evidence.
  • It suggests a rescue dog could find no human remains, when no one disputes that at least 125 people in the building were killed in the attack.
Although this video was influential at one time, Hufschmid has since lost what credibility he once had by publicly embracing Holocaust denial and accusing scores of people with being part of a vast "Zionist criminal network".

For more reviews of videos packaged as 9/11 Truth that, intentionally or not, promote false counter-myths of the official story see hoax-promoting videos on 911Review.com.

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