“There’s before 9/11 and there’s after 9/11,” someone can be heard saying in the first trailer for Netflix’s Turning Point: 9/11 And The War On Terror, a new five-part documentary series timed to the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2021.
According to director Brian Knappenberger, modern history can be divided into two time frames: before 9/11 and after 9/11. This five-part effort seeks to examine how the catastrophic events of September 11 changed the course of the nation.
“On the first anniversary of 9/11, I was in Afghanistan filming…When I arrived in Kabul, the Taliban had been driven out and the mood was optimistic,” said Knappenberger. “Twenty years after 9/11, the world is witnessing the shocking images of people clinging to the bottom of airplanes in a desperate attempt to leave the country. After the longest war in American history – with trillions of dollars spent, thousands of American lives lost, many more permanently damaged by the war and hundreds of thousands of Afghans killed – the Taliban have again seized control of Afghanistan. The breathtaking collapse happened just weeks after a U.S. withdrawal. How did the decisions in the war on terror lead us to this moment? As the American era ends on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 it is time to step back and ask in the most honest possible way, how did that day change us?”
In five 60 minute segments, the series features a wide range of interviews including with officials from multiple administrations, former CIA members and U.S. military veterans as well as Afghanistan National Army soldiers, Taliban commanders, members of the Afghan government, Afghan warlords, and Afghan civilians – many who had never spoken on camera before. It also spotlights the voices of survivors of the attacks themselves.
The production company behind Turning Point: 9/11 And The War On Terror is Luminant Media. The EPs are Knappenberger, Eve Marson, Lowell Bergman. Mohammed Ali Naqvi is co-executive producer. It is being released on September 1.