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Flight 93 Movie Review: The Flight That Fought Back

Mark Bingham and Heroes of Flight 93

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On September 11th, 2001, I saw planes crash and buildings fall from my office window 40 blocks away and 24 floors high- close enough to see a destruction I thought I'd never witness in my lifetime. A tearful co-worker immediately grabbed me to look at the conference room monitor where reporters scurried to keep up with the multiple attacks; one of which was the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 many miles away.
I later heard reports of the passengers heroic struggle in the wake of the attack. One of them was openly gay passenger Mark Bingham. These moments will live with me and countless others for a lifetime; but ironically watching a network account of Flight 93 like Discovery Channel's The Flight That Fought Back seemed more surreal than witnessing the attacks in person. Perhaps it's the disbelief that years have passed but I can still see the events so clearly in my mind; or the intimate portrayal of the 40 passengers and crew as depicted in The Flight That Fought Back that drew me into the film.
The docufilm, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland incorporates actual voice recordings, eyewitness testimony, research and information from the 9/11 Commission Report into an emotional real life account of the heroic story we've heard so much about. Also, for the first time, viewers hear personal stories from individuals that unknowingly trained Ziad Jarrah to become one of Flight 93's hijackers.

What begins as a calm timeline of events surrounding Flight 93, ends in an emotional tale of heroism. It became clear during shocking cockpit recordings of the passengers' final struggle with their hijackers that despite their differences, backgrounds, sexual orientation or beliefs, strangers came together for one common cause- survival. And the result was the protection of a nations capital and the survival of countless others.
On September 24, 2002, the U.S. Congress passed the Flight 93 National Memorial Act, which created a park site in Shanksville, Pa. to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93. A national memorial will be created on the site where Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001.

The Flight That Fought Back pays tribute to the passengers on Flight 93 and the victims of 9/11, including gay victims of September 11th like Mark Bingham who have become heroes for their nation and the gay community. See personal footage of interviews with Mark Bingham's mother and best friend in The Flight That Fought Back.

All proceeds from the purchase of The Flight That Fought Back support the Flight 93 National Memorial Project.
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