Monday, September 3, 2012

Movie of the Month - One Day in September

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre. In 1972, a terrorist sector known as "Black September," took the Israeli Olympic team hostage during the Munich Olympics, it was a moment in time when the world watched as a situation like this was playing on live TV. In the era we live in now of 24-hour news coverage and the internet, watching things play out as the news comes in is the norm for society today, however, in '72, something of this magnitude was the first of it's kind. In 1999 a group of filmmakers released the magnificent documentary, One Day in September, to display the story and what happened during the Black September raid in the Olympic village. Narrated by Michael Douglas, this Oscar® winning film explains the media attention, hostage negotiations, Olympic response and what went wrong by everyone involved that brought all hostages to their death. As the London Olympics just came to a close last month and the world celebrated coming together, 40 years ago the world watched as everything about the Olympics fell apart, this film shows the darkest of humanity in what is supposed to be society's shining moment.