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"After Parkland" Explores the Aftermath of One of America's Biggest Tragedies

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 16:27:46-05

The documentary, “After Parkland,” starts with the grieving father of parkland shooting victim, Meadow Pollack.

"She meant the world to me and she's not here anymore. She was murdered on Valentine's Day over at Stoneman Douglas... I'm just focusing all this power on what I have to do for every other kid in this country," said Andrew Pollack in the documentary.

The documentary follows the lives of the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in the aftermath of the deadly shooting that took the lives of 17 people and launched a nationwide student movement.

"I'm here marching for my boyfriend, Joaquin Oliver," said Victoria Gonzalez in the documentary.

"We felt there was an opening to explore some of the more difficult questions about what happened on the days, the weeks, and the months after one single senseless act of violence, how families move forward and how does a community begin to heal," said Director and Producer, Emily Taguchi.

Other interviews included in “After Parkland” are with David Hogg, a former senior at the school who went on to become the face of the “Never Again” movement, Joaquin’s girlfriend, Victoria Gonzalez, and Brooke Harrison, who was in the classroom as three classmates were killed.

"It's completely gone from my memory how I went from the desk to the ground. The first thing I can recall is crawling on the floor trying to find something to hide behind. I tried to go behind my teachers desk. Truthfully, I don't know how I am still here completely uninjured because everyone around me were either grazed, shot, had shrapnel in their arm, or were dead," said Brooke Harrison.

The producers emphasize that the film is not political.

"We thought that because gun violence is such a politicized issue in America, as soon as viewers sense that there is an agenda behind the film then that is not the most productive way to reignite a conversation that needs to happen," said Taguchi.

"It's an important story to hear because it makes people uncomfortable and I think making people uncomfortable and making them want this to never happen again puts them in a position to be active," added Harrison.