After Parkland: Brief Review

After Parkland, directed by Jake Lefferman and Emily Taguchi (2019), is a film about the aftermath of the Parkland, FL school shooting incident. Children and adults alike protesting for gun control as a substitute for those that they lost, to cope with their trauma, and to do anything they can to help avoid new instances of similar incidents. Those that survived try to hold themselves together as best as they can while repeatedly facing the locations that holds the memories of that day and those around them going through the same nightmare as them. They are standing up when they are silently being told to move on by having to go back to the same place the incident occurred, little if any change being made to avoid future catastrophes, to keep on living without those that they lost that day, and not being given the space for grief or any emotion without expecting action. That day will be with them for the rest of their lives. Their futures are tainted by the actions of an individual. Most of the people affected are children. Children that shouldn’t be expected to have to be strong enough to protest or to keep moving on. They deserve respect and space. This is a good piece of media that shows that people, including children, need support for their emotions, a neutral place to voice their thoughts, allowed to follow a path to navigate those thoughts and feelings, and help when they cannot do any of those things.

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