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Short documentary film that unearths a tangled web of conspiracies and divergent views surrounding the events of 911

Truth Movements is a short film taken from The Light Surgeons live audio-visual performance True Fictions. It weaves a tangled web of voices recounting the emerging conspiracies theories of this historic and tragic event. Juxtaposing the divergent views and the heat of the public oratory from the 5th anniversary of 911 into an escalating argument about truth.

The film contrasts two points of view, the protesters at the 5th anniversary memorial who want to re-investigate 911, and those who oppose their intervention on what remains a day of national morning. The conversation flits from person to person as the exchanges of opinions become increasingly passionate and emotional. A group of US marines berate a crowd who proclaim that 911 was an “inside job”. Their heated exchanges reveal how contemporary events are fought over and are manipulated for commercial and political motives.

These conflicting opinions are musically scored with a building vibraphone melody, live drums and an Oud solo by Mavrothi Kontanis. This middle eastern instrument points a figure to the US response to these tragic events.Original footage, stills and interviews recorded at ground zero by Christopher Thomas Allen & Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow in 2006.

TRUE FICTIONS is result of a year long digital performance art project produced and directed by Christopher Thomas Allen and commissioned by EMPACThe Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre in Troy, New York.

The project was supported by The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.

For more information,on the making of the True Fictions project please check:

More video excerpts from the live performances can be viewed here:


Producer & Director:Christopher Thomas Allen
Camera & interviews:Christopher Thomas Allen & Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow
Editors:Christopher Thomas Allen , Tim Cowie & James Price
3D Animation:Paul McGeoch
Musical arrangement:Tim Cowie & Mark McRae
Oud:Mavrothi Kontanis
Drums:Brian Fishler

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