TIFF Remembers 9/11
Toronto — I was in the bathroom of the Varsity Cinema after a screening of Monsoon Wedding when I heard an odd piece of conversation that included the words “twin towers.” With a sudden, inexplicable feeling of dread, I rushed to the press office of the Toronto International Film Festival, and it was there ten years ago that I saw the footage of the towers coming down.
The staff of the festival did everything right to acknowledge what had happened that day and they are doing it again today for the tenth anniversary.
TIFF is honoring that day with a four-minute film that will play before every public screening on Sept. 11. The movie blends together the recollections of staffers, guests and filmgoers who were at the festival 10 years ago to “evoke what happened that day,” said TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey.
“The film is really about what happened in that moment, when we were at this celebratory event, this horrible thing happened, people couldn’t get home and what we did to get through it together.”
The hope is that the film will inspire TIFF-goers to pause and reflect on their own memories of the day, he added.
I will also take that minute at noon to join the national moment of silence with my fellow Americans.