In the aftermath of the worst school shooting in history, the traumatized community of Newtown, Connecticut finds a new sense of purpose in this intimate story of resilience as told by those whose lives were changed forever.
I live in the community where this tragedy took place and I almost did not make it past the first few minutes of this film because it is so real, raw and brought back some very difficult emotions. I had to stop the film, take a break and come back to it. I cannot tell you what it is like to have a tragedy of this magnitude happen in your very small, safe community. Everything has changed for us, particularly those with small children. My daughter is the exact same age as the children who were killed. At the time, she was 6 years old and in the first grade. Now she is in the 5th grade and she turned 11 last week. When she was a baby, we lived in Newtown very close to the SH school. We moved prior to her starting school to New Fairfield, thankfully, where we are today, but we are only abt 15 mins from our old house in Newtown and the two towns share the same shopping areas, hospital and medical/dental/veterinary facilities and lots of other things as small towns do. We love Newtown though and return to our favorite businesses there often. It is the last place on earth you would expect this to happen and it has left a deep wound in the community.
This documentary depicts what it is like to live here with the aftermath of this horrific thing, very accurately. People try to move on, go about their lives but everything has changed. My daughter wears a little rubber bracelet that says "Dylans Wings of Change" and "Wingman". I have a green Sandy Hook Promise bracelet. I look at how much she has grown compared to her 6 year old photos and think how unfair it is that 20 TWENTY little children who may have ended up being friends with my daughter, and their teachers and Principal are just gone. It is still as shocking as the day it happened and this film I think shows this is a very realistic way....it shows what it is like for the parents, the rescuers and the community as a whole. It also gives the viewer something to think about as far as the parents in the film being active advocating for Federal and State gun control and safety, something that could and should have saved those 26 lives. This could happen in ANY community. This can happen in YOUR community. What are you going to do about it?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for not making this about the criminal. I have suffered this fate and I am very appreciative of the way this movie was handled. Dignity, respect and honor was shown for all those lives that were shattered by this horrible event. It was therapeutic for me to hear their stories because they mimic my own and so I fully truly understand exactly what they are going through. God Bless them and this town and all those affected by this madness. My prayers will always be with them. Thank you for showing such compassion.