Documentary shows unseen footage of young couple with a baby make decision to flee amid 9/11 attacks


A new 90-minute documentary for ITV unveils unseen footage from families in Manhattan, including a young couple with a new baby, during the 9/11 attacks.

Anthony and Kyra Paris, with their new baby Daschiel, were at their apartment six blocks from Ground Zero when the twin towers were struck.

Video newly released by the Paris family shows their panic as bodies all from the World Trade Center and debris begins to envelope their neighborhood.

‘There’s dust and smoke all over the building. There’s no way we can leave right now….’ Anthony said as he and Kyra struggle with the decision to evacuate.

Meanwhile, Andrew Einhorn, a New Yorker recording the incident from the Lower East Side, expresses panic: ‘I don’t know what to do, where to go. The scary thing is that you just don’t know if it’s over… What else is going to start getting blown up?’

9/11: Life Under Attack provides an inside perspective to life in New York City on September 11, 2001 as nearby residents watched the World Trade Center fall. 

The documentary, released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the attacks, airs in the UK on ITV tonight at 9pm BST.

The 9/11: Life Under Attack documentary uses footage from first responders, military command centers, citizens, air traffic control, commercial airlines, private phone calls and public broadcasts to unveil how chaos erupted throughout New York City

Kyra Paris, holding her infant son Daschiel, and her husband, Anthony (not pictured) struggle with the decision of whether or not to leave their home as debris from the World Trade Center attacks flood their streets

Kyra Paris, holding her infant son Daschiel, and her husband, Anthony (not pictured) struggle with the decision of whether or not to leave their home as debris from the World Trade Center attacks flood their streets

New Yorker Anthony Paris (left) is photographed with his son, Daschiel (now approximately 20 years old)

New Yorker Anthony Paris (left) is photographed with his son, Daschiel (now approximately 20 years old)

In the first of two never-before-seen clips, the Paris family shows their firsthand view of the towers just moments after planes crashed into the buildings.

The couple was filming from the roof of their flat. 

‘Anthony, did you see that? I just saw somebody fall. And he was moving around and he was all scared… and he was falling out the window,’ Kyra Paris tells her husband, as she holds baby Daschiel.

‘Out [of] the right building. You could see his arms and legs, he was flailing around, he was terrified. He fell out of the building, seriously.’ 

‘Man, this is sick! It’s just, I don’t understand… the holes don’t look as big as the planes. I think the entrance holes are on the other side. I don’t think the building will collapse. I mean, it’s… The building is too well made,’ he responds.

In a second clip, the family struggles with the decision of whether or not to leave their home as debris and evacuees flood their street.

While on the phone with friends, Anthony is heard saying: ‘There’s dust and smoke all over the building. There’s no way we can leave right now…. There’s people running in the streets, there’s dust all over the streets. If we leave with Daschiel, he’s covered with dust.’

‘We can’t take him outside,’ Kyra echoes.

Anthony continues: ‘This is really scary…’  

The Paris family ultimately decided to evacuate their apartment, which had been destroyed by a substance that FEMA referred to as ‘infinite organic matter’. 

In a Tuesday interview with MailOnline, Anthony explained that he entered fight or flight mode.

He recalled, after both the buildings came down, a dust cloud – later identified as infinite organic matter – cruising in at approximately 60mph.

‘I swear to god, I thought the world was going to end,’ he said, noting that is when he decided they we’re leaving the area.

‘There are angels in this world. I’m walking downstairs trying to figure out how we were going to evacuate and I just happened to run into this guy who had the truck we left on.’

Anthony said the Good Samaritan, who helped several people evacuate, was not a building resident and seemed to appear out of nowhere. 

It was several months before the Paris family was able to return to their home. Anthony says FEMA and the Red Cross were called in to assist.

Although officials ultimately deemed it was safe for residents to return to the area, Anthony says he experienced burning in his nose and lungs when he would breathe. His son, who suffers from allergies and asthma, reportedly had high lead levels as an infant.

Anthony (pictured) says he is commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by sharing his story for the first time. 'I've never spoken about it with anybody,' he told MailOnline

Anthony (pictured) says he is commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by sharing his story for the first time. ‘I’ve never spoken about it with anybody,’ he told MailOnline

The Paris family, including Daschiel who is now a 20-year-old college student, appears to be doing well. 

‘He deals with it well,’ Anthony said of Daschiel’s conditions. 

‘It gets him down every now and then … He seems to have gotten better.’ 

Anthony, who is currently living in Westchester, says he is commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by sharing his story for the first time.

‘I’ve never spoken about it with anybody,’ he told MailOnline.

‘I’ve done some compartmentalizing…I think I have PTSD.’

He said he suffers extreme emotional episodes but has never talked about ‘the most insane thing that’s ever happened to me’.

‘I didn’t want to sound like a victim,’ Anthony shared. 

However, he says sharing his footage and story with the documentary makers has provided an ‘opportunity for some closure’. 

The documentary uses footage from first responders, military command centers, citizens, air traffic control, commercial airlines, private phone calls and public broadcasts to unveil how chaos erupted throughout New York City. 

Shocked New Yorkers watch the news amid the 9/11 attacks

Shocked New Yorkers watch the news amid the 9/11 attacks

A woman in a building located six blocks from Ground Zero reacts to the attacks

A woman in a building located six blocks from Ground Zero reacts to the attacks

Firefighters investigating a gas leak in lower Manhattan witnessed the first plane strike the north tower at 8.45am.

Viewers can hear the fire crew react to the attack, saying: ‘Oh s**t.’ 

Shortly after, all emergency responders scrambled to the scene.

‘Engine 10 to World Trade Centre 10-60. Send every available ambulance, everything you’ve got to the World Trade Centre, now!’ the fire operator said. 

Eyewitness Andrew Einhorn filmed as chaos erupted in the New York Streets, capturing as hundreds of people attempt to flee the city following the collapse of the second tower.

‘Look at this, thousands of people are streaming across the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. I don’t know where they’re coming from or where they’re going. It’s like a zombie world. We’re all leaving the city,’ he said.

‘I don’t know what to do, where to go. The scary thing is you just don’t know if it’s over. Who knows what else is gonna start getting blown up.’

Jay Zimmerman who was also filming from the ground said: ‘Oh my God, there was a major explosion and I thought that was thunder or something. 

‘And then I saw this paper falling and I thought there’s a ticker tape parade. And I look down on Broadway I think for the ticker tape parade and then I turn and I see this… The World Trade Center is ******g on fire! Unbelievable.’ 

Chris Ryan, who worked in the second tower, watched the incident unfold from his home.

‘This is your office?’ a witness asks Ryan.

‘I work on the 83rd floor of tower two,’ he says, sounding distressed.  

‘There’s two planes in the World –‘ 

Meanwhile, 911 dispatchers receive calls from workers in the building.

‘There’s no-one here yet and the floor’s completely engulfed. We’re on the floor and we can’t breathe,’ a caller on 83rd floor of 2 World Trade Center said.

‘And it’s very, very, very hot. It’s very hot! I’m going to die, aren’t I? Can you stay on the line with me, please? I feel like I’m dying.’

News crews interviewed people evacuated from the towers, sharing their chilling stories.

‘Just had forty people in there. Just the explosion. Everybody was fine on my floor. We just started heading down the stairs. I heard people shouting. I stopped at like 68.,’ one man said.

‘There was a woman in a wheelchair and… and er I got her into a strap wheelchair and just carried her down the steps. And carried her down 68 floors, man.’ 

The documentary does not feature any interviews and, instead, the narrative is exclusively driven by audio and footage from the day, without any interviews

The documentary does not feature any interviews and, instead, the narrative is exclusively driven by audio and footage from the day, without any interviews

Another man, covered in dust after the towers fell, said: ‘I saw windows coming out of the building and the ceiling falling on the floor where I was working. 

‘That’s when we started heading for the exit. It was like a… a comet just hit the earth.’ 

‘The smell is unbelievable. The smell of burning wire and metal. It looks as if there’s people hanging from the windows,’ said filmmaker David Vogler.

9/11 Life Under Attack uses the aforementioned commentary – and more – to tell the story of horrific events on September 11, 2001.

The documentary does not feature any interviews and, instead, the narrative is exclusively driven by audio and footage from the day, without any interviews.

Featuring previously unseen content from those on the ground, the film shows how everything changed when terrorists attacked in America 20 years ago. 

9/11: Life Under Attack airs in the UK on ITV tonight at 9pm BST 



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