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20th Anniversary of 9/11 on Doc Edge Virtual Bubble

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20th Anniversary of 9/11 on Doc Edge Virtual Bubble

Doc Edge and the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand will commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a free online event on Saturday 11 September 2021 on Doc Edge’s Virtual Bubble platform.

Commemoration events were previously scheduled to take place in-person throughout New Zealand but will now be presented virtually due to shifting COVID alert levels.

The 9/11 program will begin with the streaming of FireUp Events’ annual Firefighter Memorial Ceremony.  “FireUp Events is an organization operated by members of the NZ firefighter community,” said organiser Tony Scott. “We host an annual memorial ceremony at Auckland’s Sky Tower to honour the 343 New York firefighters lost on 9/11 and we also remember 65 brave firefighters that have been lost in the line of duty in New Zealand. The event usually concludes with a stair climb to the top of the Sky Tower. The stair climb has been postponed but the ceremony will be available virtually to audiences across Aotearoa New Zealand and will be livestreamed around the world, including to fire stations in New York City.”

Following the service, the Doc Edge and U.S. Embassy Live Event will commence at 12pm, with a conversation with former Prime Minister, Helen Clark, and U.S. Acting Ambassador, Kevin Covert hosted by Mike Rehu. At 12.30pm, a special screening of two short films followed by a Q&A – all available for free viewing on Doc Edge’s Virtual Bubble.

  • What happened on September 11 is a 30-minute U.S.  film by Amy Schatz introducing the events of 9/11 to a young audience.
  • Heroes Amongst the Flamesis a 13-minute NZ  film by Zach Shannon featuring New York firefighters that have travelled to Auckland for the annual Firefighter Memorial Ceremony and stair climb

At the conclusion of the film showcase, there will be a live panel discussion moderated by the U.S. Embassy’s Acting Ambassador Kevin Covert, featuring representatives from the New York City Fire Department, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, and Heroes Amongst the Flames director Zach Shannon.

The two films together with other films on 9 / 11 will be available for viewing on the Doc Edge Virtual Bubble for the month of September.


  • 9:30am                  PRE EVENT – footage from FireUp past events
  • 10.00am                LIVE EVENT – FireUp’s 20th Anniversary 9 / 11 Memorial Service Commences
  • 12.00pm                LIVE EVENT – Doc Edge pre-screening opening Mihi – Karakia by Nathan Gray and conversation with U.S. Acting Ambassador, Kevin Covert and former Prime Minister, Helen Clark, hosted by Mike Rehu
  • 12.30pm                SCHEDULED SCREENING – Films screened as a Live Watch Event with a message from the New York City Fire Department
  • 1.15pm                  LIVE EVENT – Hosted by Mike Rehu, post-screening Q&A with Zach Shannon (Filmmaker, NZ), David Morkal & John Buckheit (FDNY, US), Tony Scott (FireUp, NZ). Moderated by Kevin Covert (Acting Ambassador, US Embassy NZ)
  • 1.45pm                 END OF SESSION
  • 2.00pm                  Films are available to view free for the rest of September. Additional films made available are:
    • Corridor Four – Dir. Stephen Tringali
    • In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9 / 11 – Dir. Amy Schatz


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