PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — Just days away from the two-year anniversary of the horrific shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Bay area residents had an opportunity to screen a new documentary spotlighting survivors of the tragedy and their efforts to bring about change in its aftermath.
- "After Parkland" produced in 2019
- Pinellas Park among 70 cities nationwide hosting special screenings
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Producers of the 2019 film "After Parkland" held a special screening in 70 cities Wednesday night, including Pinellas Park. Local organizers for the screening said it was important to them to bring it to the public.
"We just wanted to take this time, step back and hear the stories of the families later and what the impact was," said Sharon Winters with the St. Petersburg League of Women Voters.
The film chronicles the lives of students, parents, and siblings who lost loved ones in the shooting and how they've tried to turn their personal loss into a public quest for change.
Among the 100+ people who attended the screening at Regal Cinemas Park Place were Pinellas County teachers Chris and Rachel Holler. Their first reaction after watching the film was to make it a teaching moment.
"Getting young voters to see this movie would be a really powerful start," Rachel said. "Especially if we could show it in like the high school setting to kids that can totally relate."
The film will be screened again in Florida on March 4 in Tallahassee and March 16 in Pensacola.
To learn more about "After Parkland," visit the film's official website. Watch the film's trailer below: