Song of Parkland (2019)

“It was just like being in a war zone. ” – Melody Herzfeld

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Following the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, a group of teenagers along with their teacher try to find a way to express their feelings via drama club and music.

My Take on it – This is a short documentary film that I came across by accident when I heard that the director Amy Schatz won a DGA award for her work on this film.

The movie is a bit too short and that hurts things a bit too much.

They do a wonderful job of showing how a group of high school students turned activists found a way to express the pain and emotions over the senseless tragedy in their school through the use of music and song which makes things feel even more powerful.

Due to its short length, the film isn’t able to give us a more comprehensive look at the events of that day and all that happened afterwards towards these character.

Parts of the story feel a bit too rushed because of the time constraint and that’s quite a shame.

This film only briefly shows and discusses the tragedy itself and I can see both positive and negative reasons for why that is done.

It’s a good choice because it allows the story of the film to uplift the characters and their pain while also allowing the to focus on the positive aspects of the aftermath of this event.

On the other hand, they probably should have given more background and information because they cannot assume that anyone watching this is completely familiar with all aspects of tragedy itself and instead it would be better if they gave a more in depth refresher about the shooting itself.

This is an emotional and poignant film that shows the heights one can reach when trying to take tragedy and find a way to turn its aftermath into something more powerful.

Bottom Line – Very interesting documentary that is able to really tell how a group of teenagers turned activists found a way to express their emotion and pain over the tragedy they experienced while turning it into some even more powerful. The film tho isn’t as long and as comprehensive as it probably could be and that’s a problem since it feels a bit too rushed along the way.  The choice to only briefly show the tragedy itself is both a good and bad choice.  It’s a good choice because this is a story that is meant to uplift and if they showed spent too much time on the event itself, it would turn the focus of this film in the wrong direction. On the other hand, it’s a bad choice because they assume that the viewer must already know all that there is to know about the shooting itself and for those who aren’t fully aware and/or need a refresher this film fails to give one. The story is quite emotional and poignant and shows what one can do with tragedy in order to move ones emotions in the direction toward happiness instead. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Amy Schatz won a DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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