102 Minutes That Changed America

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102 Minutes That Changed America
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DVD cover art
Theme music composerBrendon Anderegg
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Nicole Rittenmeyer for Siskel/Jacobs Productions
Editor(s)Seth 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. 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] 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.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2009 Emmy Awards[edit]

In 2009, 102 Minutes won four Primetime Emmy Awards for the following categories:

  • Outstanding Nonfiction Special[4]
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming[4]
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)[4]
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blair, Iain (June 8, 2009). "Reality shows with a shot at Emmy". Variety. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
  2. ^ screenshots of ZDF programme schedule
  3. ^ Watch 102 Minutes that Changed America on A&E TV Archived 2012-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d "102 Minutes That Changed America". 11 September 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2016 – via IMDb.

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