September Morn to give conspiracy theorists their 9/11 say
A new film is in early production called September Morn which will look at the events of September 11th in America with conspiracy theorists eyes. Tied to the film already are three Hollywood actors who have apparently voiced similar conspiracy theories themselves, Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson and Ed Asner and they aren't alone as other names such as Esai Morales, Judd Nelson, Daniel Sunjata and John Heard also star.
According to reports the film will present the attacks on that day in a different light to the official events, bringing to the fore the alleged inconsistencies in events and revealing a supposed cover-up by the Government who, the film may suggest, perpetrated the attacks themselves.
Seems utterly ludicrous to me, and I really have read the official 9/11 Commission report from cover to cover as well as seeing a couple of very well made non-American documentaries addressing the alleged conspiracy theories with science and factual evidence.
The blurb for September Morn tells us the direction the film is headed but reveals little about the actual content:
"We the people demand that the government revisit and initiates a thorough and independent investigation to the tragic events of 911. In the vein of "Twelve Angry Men" this dramatic piece is set with a stellar and award winning cast."
I like that, "We the people". We, a percentage of the people would be more accurate and it would be interesting to hear what that percentage is. Still, in this day and age politics is filled with the demands of an independent public enquiry into absolutely everything. Forget the politicians making a decision or the law enforcement agencies or the courts doing their job; let's have another money pit of a multi-year enquiry.
Anyway, back on track. Deadline through The Guardian have the story that the studio behind the film is Fleur de Lis Film Studios which has also made the documentary A Noble Lie, about the Oklahoma City bombing which looks to suggest similar things, the conspiracy of Government involvement and cover-up.
Apparently what may be behind a lot of this is what is being termed the "truther" group or the 9/11 Truth Movement who believe, according to Wikipedia, that...
... the accepted mainstream explanation of the September 11 attacks of 2001 contains significant inconsistencies which suggest, at the least, a cover-up, and at worst, complicity by insiders.
Their beliefs come from all sorts of issues that have been leapt upon by conspiracy theorists from photographs showing shadowy parts on the planes to melted iron in the debris, from the dust coming out of windows during the building collapses to the collapse of additional buildings around the site.
I know some of these because I saw a great Channel 4 documentary that took some of the key ones and addressed them with something that groups around the world like to try and put down, it's a thing called science. It's a crazy concept, might never catch on, but using experts in the appropriate fields, models both real and computerised, and past evidence they floored every one of the conspiracy theories.
So it's even more absurd to me that people want to cling onto this belief that their own government perpetrated the events in order to go to war. That they'd rather believe that than the terrorists, who have been attacking their country and way of life for a long time, are responsible.
What concerns me more about this is that there is a film being made about it to try and reach more people and tap into their inner fears and their desire for mystery to try and recruit them to their cause.
There are a couple of ways you could view this, in one way it's a similar use of film to the recent anti-Islamic film of late except here at least less people will watch it and take to violent protesting, in another it's the whole representation of a view of historical truth through film, one that may not be correct and could well influence others. It's something I've written about many times before mentioning seemingly innocuous films of U-571 and Pearl Harbor which actually do tell events differently to the way they happened and are affecting those who haven't been educated about the historical facts.
Is September Morn really a film you want to see?