“Newtown,” a film by Kim Snyder and produced by Maria Cuomo Cole, premiered at the Sundance film festival in its US documentary competition. It is a moving tribute to the families devastated and torn apart by this tragic, senseless rampage, that took place on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook elementary. This community will never be the same after a madman stormed through, killing 20 children; five teachers; and the principal.
The film focuses on five families, each one losing a small child, causing forever heartbreak and sorrow. The viewer takes an extremely emotionally journey, experiencing firsthand the anguish and pain of all involved, witnesses; first responders; victims’ families and survivors alike. It also features the heartbroken pastor, who had to conduct 20 funerals for youngsters in the span of a week. As a result of this tragedy, a discussion arose on background checks and their efficacy and the gun problem that continues to haunt America today. Several parents became involved in this topical subject, taking their concerns to Washington, as documented in the film.
Children are the generation of our future, and in an ideal world, should outlive their parents. Tragically, this is not the case in Sandy Hook. Life will never be the same here.