Sunday, September 11, 2011
(The Falling Man)
This documentary is based on Tom Junod’s Esquire article on the Richard Drew photograph of a man falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. The article details the search for the man’s identity in an effort to tell his life story.
The response to the publication of the photo was mostly anger. I think much of that anger seems to stem from our beliefs about suicide, the poisons that fuel those beliefs, our misunderstanding of despair and action, and the many poignant questions posed by the photo; questions which ten years later remain unanswered.
I have chosen to post this video because I don’t believe in turning away from something solely because it makes you uncomfortable, particularly if the cause of your discomfort could be from notions not necessarily your own. Only if you can, please watch and then decide for yourself.
The topic and imagery might be upsetting, so watch this only if you feel you are able. I understand that sometimes just viewing a disturbing image can be difficult and have lasting effects, so please feel free to visit other posts here, and skip this one.
If the embedded video does not work, you can view the documentary here or here