Surviving Sandy Hook, TV review: Three brave families honour the memories of the dead

Jezza Neumann's This World film for the BBC focuses on the aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut in 2012

Will Dean
Thursday 05 March 2015 00:00
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Scarlett Lewis holds up a photo of her six-year-old son Jesse, who was killed in the attack
Scarlett Lewis holds up a photo of her six-year-old son Jesse, who was killed in the attack

Jezza Neumann's This World film for BBC was a sometimes indescribably sad, but sometimes uplifting series of interviews with three families affected by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.

They were the brothers and fathers of teacher Lauren Rousseau; the mother and brother of six-year-old Jesse Lewis; and Barbara Sibley and her son Daniel who both escaped unharmed.

The film focused not on the shootings, but on the secondary tragedy of grief as the mourning families attempted to honour the memories of the dead.

The Rousseaus by campaigning for gun control and the Lewises in promoting love and non-violence. All conducted in the slightly Rothian weirdness of an enduring conspiracy theory that the massacre was a hoax.

All three families are – like Perry's subjects – beyond brave to talk about their experiences to camera and we were lucky to witness them.

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