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Beslan: Three Days in September (2006)

 -  Documentary  -  1 May 2006 (USA)
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In September 2004, Chechen rebels occupied a school in the small Russian city of Beslan, taking some 1,200 people-most of them children-hostage. At the end of three days, over 330 were dead.

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In September 2004, Chechen rebels occupied a school in the small Russian city of Beslan, taking some 1,200 people-most of them children-hostage. At the end of three days, over 330 were dead.

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21 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very compelling documentary of an overlooked tragedy/story. Given the time frame the filmmakers had to deal with (80 minutes) I feel the movie gives the clearest picture of this terrorist act to date. This doc does not throw old pictures and facts at you, but actually advances the story. If you pay attention you'll see unique video that would never make the nightly news. Actually this story got lost in U.S. domestic news because of a rash of hurricanes and the presidential election. Kudos must be given to the filmmakers for their resourcefulness in obtaining new material, utilizing it, and exposing this story to a wider audience. Dealing with the complicated story of Beslan, and the larger story of Russia and Chechnya... and the politics of the surrounding areas is daunting. To add more about the politics of the Chechans, and their nationalist push that pre-dates world war II, would be overwhelming. To start adding context dealing with the nitty gritty of Chechnya and Stalin did would only complicate the story to the point that viewers would likely turn it off. It would also take the emphasis off the actual story... the siege at Beslan. I can't deny that what is going on in Chechnya is horrible, Russia should be held accountable. But given the amount of screen time I think the film strikes a balance. The attentive viewer will get just enough background information for perspective, and will also see in detail the events surrounding the hostage siege and botched rescue.


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