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RAISING A SCHOOL SHOOTER

Frida Barkfors & Lasse Barkfors / Denmark, Sweden, France, Belgium / 2021 / 74 min / World Premiere
Three parents of American teenagers who committed school shootings speak their minds in a film that puts an unimaginable trauma into words.

They look like ordinary Americans. And that is precisely what they are. But all three of them live in the shadow of their children’s shocking atrocity: school shootings. Sue Klebold is the mother of one of the two boys who in 1999 committed one of the worst school shootings in history at Columbine High School and ended it with taking his own life. Jeff and Clarence’s sons will spend most of their lives in prison, while they themselves will spend the rest of their time on earth looking for an explanation. What went wrong? Who is responsible? How do you move on? With its impressive sensitivity and open-mindedness, Frida and Lasse Barkfors’s film allows Sue, Jeff and Clarence speak out about guilt, grief and shame – and about the reactions from their surroundings, which ranges from harassment to care. 1300 school shootings have been committed in the United States since 1970. There is a shocking truth to what one of the parents says: there is never just one reason. The film is the third of the Barkfors couple’s American trilogy, after ‘Pervert Park’ and ‘Death of a Child’ (CPH:DOX 2014 and 2017).