UNC Injury Prevention Research Center to screen Newtown, a film by Kim A. Snyder.

newtown-poster-1Tuesday, January 17th

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium,  

Michael Hooker Research Center

Light snacks will be provided for the screening. Parking for the event will be available in the McCauley Parking Deck.

What Remains after all is lost? Twenty months after the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, CT that took the lives of twenty elementary school children and six educators on December 14, 2012, the small New England town is a complex psychological web of tragic aftermath in the wake of yet another act of mass killing at the hands of a disturbed young gunman. Kim A. Snyder’s searing Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose.

Filmed over the course of three years, the film weaves together powerful and honest testimonials from parents, teachers, school staff, first responders and clergy members grappling with the tragedy. Taken together, their stories document a traumatized community whose resilience and sense of purpose is as powerful as its grief. The film bears witness not only to a community seeking healing in the midst of national media attention, but to all that is left to cope with after the cameras leave.

As a film that focuses on community resilience and trauma, Newtown offers an opportunity to broaden dialogue. Speakers who represent a cross section of community will lead conversations following the film screening.