Richard Karz’s documentary takes a look at the second anniversary of that now fateful day. Part record of the daily rigors of regular New Yorkers in a post 9/11 society and part topical discussion of geopolitics, this doc probes how Americans question the fundamentals of their ‘free’ society. To gather a wide range of opinion, Karz organizes a dinner with guests including hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, controversial novelist Salman Rushdie, Newsweek reporter Fareed Zakaria and various other media, political and business players.
As necessary as this discussion is, especially as the death toll in Iraq increases, the distractingly piecemeal nature of this doc makes it dull and meandering. Switching between the dinner guest and other prominent New Yorkers like Rev Al Sharpton and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, the film has a hard time tying these subjects together thematically.
Karz, who also produced a dinner party-cum-documentary for PBS called If Women Ruled the World, seeks to tackle a large task in a short amount of time. 9/11/03 could be the first in a series of explorations of post 9/11 society, but on its own, lacks the focus and cohesion to really make a statement. Opens September 1 at Two Boots Pioneer