Two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School — the small New England town is learning how to cope in the wake of a tragic mass killing of 20 children and 6 staff at the hands of a disturbed young gunman.
Newtown is an intimate portrait of a town in grief and recovery. We come to know families, immersed in a surreal fog of despair, perseverance and unthinkable strength, managing to carry on each day. Together, their intimate stories, along with those of teachers, neighbors, first responders, and clergy, reveal reverberating rings of grief, compassion, survivor guilt, and the profound desire to create meaningful change out of a tragedy that that will mark their town for generations to come.
Through the lens of this horrific historic event we begin to understand, experientially, the far-reaching fallout of community trauma, and in turn, the capacity for collective compassion and resilience.
“It's a shocking and compelling piece of work.”—The Guardian
“Snyder crafts a composite portrait that's intimate but also humbled and respectful.”—The Hollywood Reporter
“Elegantly and devastatingly captures the tenor of a town that will carry these scars for a generation.”—Variety
“Proves with its understated controlled filmmaking, that Snyder could be one of our best documentarians.”—Indiewire
Official Selection SUNDANCE Film Festival