A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series argues that the 9/11 attacks were the most consequential terror attacks in human history. It also offers evidence to support the argument that there were signs it was coming and that the U.S. underestimated what was happening in the Middle East. The history of geopolitical events that eventually led to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. is discussed. The rise of racial discrimination of Muslims in the United States is addressed.
Positive Role Models
U.S. and Afghan operatives involved in political strife in the region objectively discuss their roles and why they were engaged in particular activities. There are some conversations about helping others on 9/11; victims of the attacks, including the people on Flight 93, NYPD and NYFD, and soldiers who served are characterized as heroes.
Neither Muslims nor Afghans are characterized negatively as a whole; al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, and other operatives are characterized as terrorists based on their actions.
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Violence & Scariness
Disturbing images of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center towers, people jumping to their deaths trying to escape the towers, people who were burned, and others who either died in the attack or survived and recount their experiences. There are recordings and pictures of people who were on the hijacked planes. Violent images of military and rebel activities associated with the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and the war in the country after 9/11, are also featured. Blood, burns, mutilated corpses, and other injuries are visible. There are references to sexual violence, and images of women being beaten and scarred by acid and other abuses some Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. Interviews discuss plans for assassinations, the number of deaths associated with activities in the region, are also discussed, and torture is a theme.
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Words like "hell," and curses like "s--t" are sometimes uttered. Some of the archive footage features expletives from panicked individuals.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are occasional images of people smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror is a documentary series that traces the geopolitical origins of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, and chronicles the events that transpired on that fateful day. It features disturbing archived recordings, images, and descriptions of what happened, as well as other violent military and terrorist-related imagery from around the world that took place before and after the attacks. Expect images of seriously injured people and mutilated corpses, as well a drawings and descriptions of people being tortured. There's some cursing (words like "hell," "s--t"). The poor treatment of women in some Middle Eastern countries is discussed, and a few episodes show images of women being violently punished or injured as a result. All of this is offered in context, but can be hard to watch.
Is It Any Good?
The thought-provoking but disturbing series breaks down the the geopolitical events that eventually led to the 9/11 attacks, and the complicated events that followed. It underscores the fact that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a pivotal moment in history that fueled a rise of Muslim fundamentalism and led to the birth of a small multinational group of Islamic extremists known as al-Qaeda. It also explains how the Reagan Administration's Cold War strategy against the U.S.S.R., and the following 20 years of U.S. political, economic, and military activity in the Middle East, also contributed to the global expansion and terrorist activities of al-Qaeda under Osama Bin Laden, which was severely underestimated by the U.S. government.
Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror offers lots of particulars about what the United States failed to do before and after September 11. But as it details the problems and failures associated with the gathering of U.S. intelligence, the inability to come up with cohesive military strategies to combat terrorism, and fighting a 20-year war in Afghanistan with no real success, it also reminds us of the horrors that transpired on that fateful day. The recordings of people asking for help are hard to listen to, and the images of human suffering in the U.S. and Afghanistan are difficult to watch, especially when the argument is being made about how all of it was preventable. Nonetheless, the series successfully deconstructs the complicated events leading up to what happened on 9/11, and how it irrevocably changed the way we saw the world at the beginning of a new century.
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