Experience presents the events of 11 September 2001 from the unique perspective of the military aviators who followed the hijacked passenger planes to prevent the tragedy. The assessment from their point of view sheds new light on perfectly familiar images. The cramped cockpit of the plane contrasting with the boundless expanse of New York is the perfect environment for a VR recreation. Although we are almost in the center of events, we remain locked in the cockpit, like powerless observers. How do we remain fully focused and decisive while hearing desperate pleas for rescue and observing – without being able to help – the horror of scenes unfolding just a few hundred meters away? However, what happened at the World Trade Center is not, despite appearances to the contrary, the main subject of the work. It is a twenty-minute story about coming out of trauma – the wider, national one and the subjective, personal one.
Norman Leto − painter, director, and new media artist. Author of the autobiographical novel ‘Sailor’ and the feature film of the same title. In 2012, Leto began work on ‘Photon’, his second feature-length film, which premiered at the international documentary film festivals CPH:DOX, Copenhagen 2017 and HotDocs, Toronto 2017, and had its Polish premiere at the 17th IFF T-Mobile New Horizons in the main competition.