Eleven internationally renowned directors, 11 short films, 11 unique points of view. Unlike filmmakers who tried to record objectively the events of Sept. 11, 2001, French producer Alain Brigand was more interested in capturing their impact on a select group of filmmakers. Brigand granted his directors complete freedom of expression, with the condition that each film run exactly 11 minutes, nine seconds and one frame. Despite this entirely arbitrary constraint, the filmmakers' attempts come to terms with a recent catastrophe of indeterminate meaning but global consequences are often fascinating. In the young Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf's film one of the...