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(1750) 6.8 85 min 2016

Newtown is a movie starring Gene Rosen, Syeda Suriya Ahmed, and Abbey Clements. A look at how the community of Newtown, Connecticut came together in the aftermath of the largest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history.

Starring
Sally Cox, Gene Rosen, Syeda Suriya Ahmed, Abbey Clements
Genres
Documentary, History
Director
Kim A. Snyder

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Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Documentary, History
Director Kim A. Snyder
Stars Sally Cox, Gene Rosen, Syeda Suriya Ahmed, Abbey Clements
Country USA
Runtime 1H 25M
Description A look at how the community of Newtown, Connecticut came together in the aftermath of the largest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history.

Top reviews

Monday, 25 May 2020 21:12

This documentary tells a gripping story of a young man who lives with the guilt of his involvement in a mass shooting in a local school, his parents' loss of faith and their struggle to help him heal and come to terms with his trauma. While the details of this horrific event are painful to watch, one must remember that this is a small town and a handful of people in this small town in New Hampshire are in a very different position to the rest of the nation. Indeed, it is worth noting that as this movie shows, this incident happened only a few years before Columbine, in a county with a population of about 50,000 people. We are reminded of the inherent humanity of ordinary people, and that the acts of the most evil do not always lead to tragedies like those of the Columbine massacre. The film focuses on a group of ordinary people who stand together to help one another, and who grow in their ability to act in an emergency situation. To see the courage of those who were there on the day of the shooting is truly inspiring. This is not a movie which, like the Columbine shootings, depicts the senseless violence of a few bad apples. It is a story of individuals who were affected by the events of the day, and who sought the help of others. The ordinary people of Newtown did not deserve this kind of abuse. They were portrayed in a very sympathetic manner, with the help of well-meaning people, including a lawyer. This movie gives a different perspective from the popular portrayal of the event. It is a moving, heart-wrenching and at times harrowing story of people who tried to help one another, who took a risk to help one another, who were willing to give up their freedom, for the sake of one another.
Monday, 11 May 2020 11:49

My uncle in LA brought this film to us for an over-the-phone viewing. He explained that he was used to many films such as this that he has had to put up with because of his preoccupation with the horrors of war. So I can see why the elderly man sitting next to me started this film. It was an effective film. I was surprised to learn that the footage was almost entirely used for propaganda purposes. To be fair, the United States government does not take the issue of 9/11 very seriously, and certainly not in this film. There were no props. It was all done with video and sound. The great thing about this film is that it is so real. We can look at the faces of the people featured in the film. The scenes are often grainy, but they are very disturbing. This is especially true of the opening sequence. It is very painful to watch, and it is very graphic. This is no less true for the transition from scene to scene. The plot is simple. A boy and his grandmother, also a widow, decide to find the "original" murder weapon used to kill the President. This is not a spoiler. The boy and his grandmother go through the streets of Newtown, hoping to find the weapon that was used. There is a lot of disturbing imagery, and there are some very violent scenes. This film is not for the faint-hearted. It is not a propaganda film. It is very graphic, but it is not violent. The director wanted to make a film that would be an accurate representation of the events of this tragic tragedy. He succeeded. I am glad he did, because I found this film to be very powerful and very sobering. If you have the opportunity to see this film, see it.
Monday, 13 Apr 2020 08:43

This film is about how gun violence in America, through the first-person narratives of a trio of people involved with guns, is woven into the fabric of our society, and why the causes of gun violence are not just universal, but exist across the country. These are all personal stories that I can relate to. One of my favorite parts of the film is when the filmmaker interviews a few of the victims of the mass shootings in Columbine, Connecticut, and Newtown. He asks the surviving kids what they think the motivation was for their parents to go into the woods, and I was impressed by the answers they gave. They were more and more like this from then on. So while this is a documentary about gun violence, the filmmakers are not just focusing on the case of Columbine, they are also showing that gun violence is not an isolated event, but a part of a much larger problem. At the very end of the film, after they had wrapped up their interviews, the filmmaker asks the three people if they had anything to say to the people who have been watching them. I'm guessing that most of the young people who watched the film did not have many things to say about it either. I'm sure this film has not touched their lives, but at least it did me. Overall, I thought the film was really insightful. If you are looking for something to show people about gun violence in America, I think you will find something in this film. However, if you are looking for something to show people, this film is not for you. It is more about the stories, rather than the research. 9/10


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