The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 can be a difficult topic for anyone to discuss. As the 10th anniversary of the attacks approached, the video staff at The Star-Ledger wanted to explore not only how individuals who have lost loved ones have coped with their loss, but also how communities are honoring the lost and moving forward.

“State of Reflection, New Jersey Ten Years after 9/11” examines how the tragedy of September 11 changed the physical and emotional landscape of communities and individuals around New York’s sister state, home to around 700 victims of the 9/11 attacks.

The Ledger’s 30-minute documentary is based on video interviews with 43 people who lost loved ones on Sept 11, 2001. The twelve-month project appeared in The Star-Ledger on September 4 and Sept. 11, 2011 and on The documentary takes those individual stories beyond the personal remembrances to examine how our communities have memorialized the tragedy and how we are moving forward.
Through interviews, detailed narration, and imagery the viewer is shown the tragedy through some archival footage and interviews with survivors and their families, loss through stories about remembrance, and rebirth through interviews and stories from the new World Trade Center.

The one-hour documentary submitted here was produced as a partnership with public television station NJTV. The program was expanded to an hour with the stories of the photojournalists at the Ledger who covered the events of 2001, and continued to cover the story over the next decade.

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