UM to screen “Newtown” documentary

Missoula Current

The University of Montana will hold a free screening of the documentary “Newtown” at 6 p.m.  on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the University Center Theater.

“Newtown” chronicles the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history – a shooting that took the lives of 20 elementary schoolchildren and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012.

Called “powerful and illuminating” by The New York Times and selected for multiple film festivals, the documentary uses unique access and never-before-heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting. “Newtown” was filmed over nearly three years and documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.

A discussion will follow the screening with guest panelists Jim Caringi, associate professor in the UM School of Social Work; Chris Fiore, professor and chair in the UM Department of Psychology; Marty Ludemann, director of UM Police; and Shaunagh McGoldrick, advocate coordinator and counselor in the UM Student Advocacy Resource Center.

The event is sponsored by UM’s Native American Center of Excellence and Annie Belcourt, UM associate professor in pharmacy practice.