What's it like having your birthday on a day when no one feels like having a party? Looking through the eyes of five children born 10 years ago in America on 9/11, this unique film explores their lives, thoughts and how they feel about being born on a day the world will never forget. They’re aware their birthday is a special date – some have been told they shouldn’t celebrate on that day and others feel they are ambassadors for the future. As they approach their 10th birthdays, the US is preparing for a day of mourning and remembrance.
In New Jersey, Anish tells the remarkable story of how his unexpected early birth saved his Uncle's life - who, rather than go to work in the twin towers in New York, decided instead to visit his new nephew in hospital. Over in Montana, Johnny has been given the daunting task of writing a poem to read at a memorial in his hometown. In Kansas, Lexi is given the honour of ringing the Firefighter’s bell at a special firefighter memorial whilst the twins from North Carolina have to deal with friends saying that they shouldn't celebrate their birthday on that day.
Using animation based on drawings by one of the child contributors to explain what happened on 9/11, My Birthday Shook the World tells the story of five very different 10 years olds with one big thing in common.