According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) — which is the U.S. government agency that investigated the World Trade Center’s destruction — the Twin Towers came down “essentially in free fall.” NIST’s theory of the collapses hinges on the idea that the upper section of each tower could continuously accelerate through the lower stories at nearly the rate of gravity, while in the process completely dismembering the steel frames and pulverizing nearly all of the concrete to a fine powder. Yet NIST provided no modeling or calculations to demonstrate that such behavior was possible. Instead, NIST arbitrarily stopped its analysis at the moment of “collapse initiation,” asserting that total collapse was “inevitable” once the collapses initiated.
Directed by Dylan Avery and produced by Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, ‘The Unspeakable’ follows four families in their ongoing struggle to find the truth about the murder of their loved ones on September 11, 2001.
Interwoven with their stories are the elucidating words of psychologist Robert Griffin, who guides the audience through an exploration of trauma and the healing power of bringing suppressed truths to light.
‘The Unspeakable’ is filmed and edited at the highest level of the filmmaking craft and does not endlessly re-hash the same tragic footage we’ve all seen a million times, instead focusing on the brave families of the victims interviewed here and their very touching, genuinely real quests for truth and justice.
Once their unadorned testimonies are heard, the alternate theories to what was reported on that horrible day are introduced with just enough grace to make you want to know more, including interviews with engineer, Tony Szamboti and world-renowned forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, who weighs in on the autopsy report of 9/11 victim Bobby McIlvaine and the extreme fragmentation of human bodies seen in the World Trade Center’s destruction.
‘The Unspeakable’ doesn’t force-feed you or hand-hold you. It does what the really powerful, really good documentaries do: it shows you real life and real death and then leaves the next steps up to you.
It’s very moving, regardless of your preset beliefs about what happened that day.
Executive produced by the recently-deceased William Hurt, the film was released to little fanfare on November 1, 2021, much like the 20th anniversary of the day, itself.
Director: Dylan Avery
Director of Photography: Ryan O’Hara
Starring: Bob McIlvaine, Matt Campbell, Drew DePalma, Bill Brinnier
Executive Producers: William Hurt, Kelly David, Ted Walter