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Eleven short films from around the world, responding in very different ways to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; the only ground rule is the length, stipulated as 11 minutes, 9 seconds, and one frame. The best films (by Iran's Samira Makhmalbaf, the UK's Ken Loach, Burkina Faso's Idrissa Ouedraogo, and Japan's Shohei Imamura) are likely to broaden many Americans' perception of the attacks, while the most confused (by Egypt's Youssef Chahine, France's Claude Lelouch, and our own Sean Penn) still have the merit of showing fresh points of view. The others are by Israel's Amos Gitai, Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, Bosnia's Danis Tanovic, and India's Mira Nair. They're all instructive and interesting in one way or another, and they're indispensable viewing for residents of isolationist, or at least isolated, countries such as this one. All the non-English episodes are subtitled. 128 min.

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