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Lessons of September

Lessons of September
In the aftermath of September 11th, NEW YORK VOICES spent four months at Brooklyn's Poly Prep school, which lost ten alumni in the World Trade Center, while a recent graduate lost his father, a teacher lost her brother, and a current student lost her aunt.

Lessons of September includes no graphic footage of the towers falling or of any of the day's physical devastation. Instead, the documentary relies on interviews with surviving family members, teachers who remember the victims, and Poly Prep students themselves to present a spectrum of the different ways grief manifests itself, and the creative outlets that helped the community deal with its tremendous sense of loss. A memorial garden planted on the grounds of the school provides mourners with a special haven.
Lessons of September
Teens speak about the way they've felt and the things they've learned over the past 12 months. Portraits of the school's September 11th victims are added to the wall on which the images of Poly Prep war casualties have been hung for nearly a century. High school seniors are awarded scholarships established in the names of those who died in the attacks.

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