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Hole in the Sky - The Scars of 9/11

World Premiere: Sunny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle
Broadcast Premiere: ARD September 2006
Gold Award – World Media Festival 2007

Production: ma.ja.de. filmproduktion
Year: 2006
Genre: Documentary
Length: 60 min
Format: DigiBeta

Review Highlights

"There are many shades of memory in this insightful, intelligent film, but weepiness it not one of them." (Der Spiegel)

"An intelligent film that doesn't need shocking images... in the flood of films about 9/11 this is without questions one of the better ones." (Frankfurter Rundschau)

"Different than so many other 9/11 films, this one does not need to construct the feeling of reliving the event... through alleged chance meetings it draws a picture of the city - but of course nothing in this film is coincidental... everywhere Esson meets New Yorkers who talk about themselves and by doing that they also talk about their still recovering but fierce city - or vice versa. This is the secret of this film..." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

"An unusual perspective... Katja Esson does not bank on sensationalistic effects... in an sensitively she tries to find answers to the question how New Yorkers really feel..." (Die Welt)

"And then FINALLY the subtle, quiet Film by Katja Esson about New York, five years after 9/11. Touching, dramatic, entertaining." (Stuttgarter Zeitung)


This is a film about New York's remarkable recovery and a lingering trauma. Because in the fifth year after the attacks of September 11th 2001 New York has not just recovered - the city is experiencing a boom that seems unstoppable. But behind the images of glamour and wealth, behind the prestigious new buildings by world famous architects, the luxurious restaurants, the permanent influx of the rich and famous and the bustling cultural life the city still tries to deal with the memory of 9/11. Deep in the soul of New York lies a trauma that cannot be overcome by fleeting boom times, but only with the very hope that has propelled this city for over a hundred years and again makes it a vanishing point for the ambitions, desires and dreams of people from all over the world.


Writers: Katja Esson, Andrian Kreye

Director: Katja Esson

Camera: Joia Speciale, Wolfgang Lehner, Martina Radwan, Katja Esson

Sound: Mike Jones

Editors: Casper Stracke, Felix Drawe

Producer: Heino Deckert


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