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Unitarians to Show Film on Virginia Tech Shootings April 6

Jean Crichton

Thursday, March 14, 2013 • 7:24am

"Living for 32," a powerful film on the killing of 32 students at Virginia Tech in 2007, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown.  A Q&A session with inspirational survivor and movie protagonist Colin Goddard will follow the screening.

The showing is free and open to the public. Event sponsors are the Social Action Committee of The Unitarian Church in Summit and the Social Justice Council of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. 

In the film, Colin Goddard, a survivor of four gunshot wounds in the mass shooting incident, shares an intimate account of the terror he and his classmates endured on April 16, 2007. Goddard, one of 17 students injured, will be present at the screening either in person or by Skype and will participate in a question and answer session.

Since recovering and graduating from Virginia Tech, Goddard has become an advocate for legislation to protect the public from gun violence. He is working with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (the nation’s largest organization for this purpose) and is using his story to help catalyze the movement. He has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 and spoken publicly on many occasions, including the March on Washington to End Gun Violence this past January.

Directed by Kevin Breslin and produced by Maria Cuomo Cole, "Living for 32" was an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The 40-minute film takes its name from the 32 victims of the Virginia Tech mass shooting and also the 32 people on average who are murdered with guns every day in the United States. 

The event is free, but please indicate your intention to attend by emailing to PreventGunViolence2013@gmail.com. For information about directions or parking, visit the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship website at www.muuf.org or call (973) 809-6628.

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