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Newtown

  • Starring: Syeda Suriya Ahmed, Daniel Barden, Jackie Barden
  • Director: Kim A. Snyder
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 85 min.

This free screening is sponsored by MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. RSVP here. A brief panel discussion will follow the film.

On December 14, 2012, a disturbed young man committed a horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six educators. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, Newtown uses deeply personal, never-before-heard testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through raw and heartbreaking interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors, and first responders, Newtown documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose.

There are no words of compassion or reassurance that can bring back those who lost their lives during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Instead, Snyder delves into the lives and homes of those who remain, all of whom have been indelibly changed by the events. They speak candidly about their grief, anger, and disbelief over what occurred and their disappointment that nothing has truly changed in regards to the country’s legislative response to gun violence. Newtown bears witness to their profound grief and allows it to reverberate within our collective conscience, exploring what happens to a community after it becomes the epicenter of a national discussion, and what it must cope with after the cameras leave.

"It feels like the closest thing to a tribute audiences can pay to the children and adults who died, and the town that continues to grieve them."
- Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic
"Snyder has chosen to make a documentary about collective grief. She's created a devastating cry from the heart of a crisis ..."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"This film isn't content to be merely a "never forget" reminder; it wants to convey just how deep and lasting the pain is, from this attack and, by extension, many others."
- Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"[A] transfixing documentary portrait of collective grief and resilience."
- Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"This film is an important historical record, and an important reminder of an event in American history that could have changed everything, that should have changed everything."
- Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"Kim A. Snyder's Sandy Hook documentary is an elegant, devastating portrait of a town in mourning."
- Andrew Barker, Variety
"One needn't be a mother or father to be drawn in by what Snyder has captured in this quiet but powerful film. Just being human will do."
- Brian Lowry, CNN.com

Showtimes

  • Saturday, 12/16 1:00pm