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The Falling Man (T/F 2007) by Henry Singer

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One of the most unforgettable images from 9/11 was a photograph of a falling man, frozen in mid-air against the twin towers of the World Trade Center. It was taken by the AP’s Richard Drew, who decades earlier was one of only four photographers to record Bobby Kennedy’s assassination. At first, the Falling Man photo ran in newspapers around the world, but by the next day it was erased from history in a case of mass self-censorship. Falling Man the film is a philosophical detective story that seeks to discover the identity of the man and to give memorial to the unknown victims of the tragedy. By the end, it comes face to face with the mythos of the plucky American character and replaces it with something much more winning and complex.