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HBO Documentary Preview: “Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014”

Photo Credit: The Tribune David Middle Camp/HBO

Photo Credit: The Tribune David Middle Camp/HBO

The gun debate in America gets ever more divisive, even though lot of people seem to recognize the need for gun control. Is there any way to get all these guns off the street and out of the hands of criminals and ordinary citizens alike? As the death toll rises from gun fatalities, what can we do? Perhaps the first step is to humanize the victims and show the effects their loss has brought to their family, friends and communities. Instead of looking at these victims as a statistic, directors Shari Cookson and Nick Doob show that it’s time to look at them as people — men and women, young and old, from every racial background — and to put a face on the ugly reality of gun violence.

Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 synopsis, from HBO:

More than 32,000 people die from gun violence every year in America, an average of 88 people per day. Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 highlights a few of the estimated 8,000 individuals who died from gunfire that spring, drawing exclusively on found media – news accounts, police investigations and social media – to shine a light on little-known stories of tragic loss, bringing the victims to life in their own words and images.

“As vérité filmmakers, we seek the authentic voice of our subjects,” explain directors Shari Cookson and Nick Doob. “So in this case, we turned to social media as a way to find that voice. It was a kind of frozen time capsule, where we found our subjects engaged in their everyday lives, often until just before the shooting occurred. This became the heart of the film, the vérité.”

Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 premieres Monday, June 22nd at 9/8c on HBO.

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