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  • Directors: Guido Verweyen
  • Writers: Guido Verweyen
  • Producers: Guido Verweyen and Anthony Bretti
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Monarch
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CDX0JEO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,324 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The film is inspired by the NY Times Bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner AFTER THE FIRE by Robin Fisher. AFTER THE FIRE chronicles the inspirational tale of two burn survivors after the tragic Seton Hall university fire and the dramatic search for the two arsonists.

On January 19, 2000 Seton Hall University was vaulted to the national news when a fire set by arsonists, raced through a freshman dorm killing three students and injuring fifty eight others. The most critically burned survivors were fresmen roommates Shawn Simmons and Alvaro Llanos.

Laying in a coma, Shawn and Alvaro were unaware that a journalist and photographer were documenting every event in their fight for survival. The story proceeds from the devastating fire through the grueling medical treatment until their return to the same school where their ordeal had begun.

Pitted against the heroic efforts of firefighter, burn nurses and survivors, lies the story of the two arsonists. Running away after setting the deadly blaze, they conspire to obstruct the truth and hide away like cowards. As the determined investigators begin a dramatic and frustrating search for the arsonists, they uncover a vast conspiracy with ties to the local mafia. The Prosecutors end up cutting a deal with a former Lucchese mafia hitman, securing his early release from prison in return for his help in making a case against two students suspect in setting the fatal Seton Hall University fire.

AFTER THE FIRE is the story of healing emotionally, physically and spiritually, and how communities come together in times of tragedy. AFTER THE FIRE also tells the personal story of how the two critically burned survivors Shawn and Alvaro travel together on their personal journey of forgiveness and resolve to live their best lives, despite the tragedy.

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Very emotional and disturbing documentary.
Bobbi
Very sad and tragic story but very well done and I was able to watch from beginning to end without stopping.
Richard & Belkys StLouis
This is a wonderful, but heartbreaking movie about a real life struggle.
C.C.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cinsbythesea on September 16, 2014
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What a moving and inspirational documentary. Shawn and Alvaro - these two young men are absolutely incredible- their will to live, the endurance of so much pain, their dedication to each other and to other burn victims is inspiring. My one little criticism of this documentary is that unless I somehow missed it- the filmmaker did not include the length of the arsonists' sentences - I looked it up and they really just got a slap on the wrist- three dead and burn victims whose lives are forever changed- and they got sentences of just 16 months to five years. Unjust.

Nonetheless- the world is a much better place because Alvaro and Shawn remain in it. Thank you for making this touching documentary. It's one that will stay with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.C. on November 7, 2014
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This is a wonderful, but heartbreaking movie about a real life struggle. The two young men brave fight to survive the result of a fire is inspiring to all. Some of this is hard to watch, because burn victims endure such extreme pain in treatment, your heart breaks for them. The bond the two young men have is amazing, college kids, full of hope burned in a fire that was set...yes it was arson. As much as you want the guilty to be punished, even more you want the young men to survive, you get your wish on both, but at a terrible price
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arleia Pierce on November 7, 2014
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Moved from tears and pain for the young men involved (all of them) to pride and joy for families... even after such a senseless act. Watch it... you will be moved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura D. Hooker on October 17, 2014
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I felt moved to tears, and yet at the end I was smiling. It reminds you to not squander your time. This shows what true friendship is.
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This was such a well made documentary. It was also honest in its depiction of human reaction and emotion to the aftermath of the fire, including abandonment on the part of Angie.
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Was a very powerful documentary that makes you realize the value of life.l would recommend it to anyone that needs to reach for their inner strength.
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Very sad and tragic story but very well done and I was able to watch from beginning to end without stopping.
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By Marla Moore on November 4, 2014
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Touching documentary about overcoming extremely difficult circumstances and triumphing in the end.
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