13 Families: Life After Columbine is set for an August 7th DVD release and the trailer is powerful. While many films have been made about or inspired by the 1999 high school massacre (Michael Moore’s Bowling For Columbine, last year’s We Need To Talk About Kevin), for the very first time we will get to see families of the Columbine victims as they are today, and hear about the way those events shaped their lives.
13 Families: Life After Columbine
The Denver Post offered this review of the film:
In many ways the doc is a rebuff to the media blitz. This movie doesn’t spend time asking ‘Why?’ — a question that led to a glut of stories, some necessary, others sensational, and theories about killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Instead, with the families’ help, the movie poses ‘Hows?’… Five years in the making, ’13 Families’ shows that the grieving do emerge from anguish — choosing different paths, perhaps. While all 13 families agreed to participate in the documentary in some fashion, not all wanted to be on camera. All, however, have bestowed audiences with a telling mosaic of loss, memory and, if not moving on, moving forward ever mindful of what was lost. And taken.
I’m very interested in this film. It’s not a subject that we’re all thrilled to hear about (because the memories– even for those of us not directly affected– are so painful), but it’s so important that we continue this dialogue. I like that the film is also taking a more personal approach to the Columbine tragedy, so that we don’t forget that violence always has deeply personal effects.
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This post was written by on June 30, 2012