5 Best Columbine Documentaries

Sunday, March 13 by Lee Mills

One of the most devastating events in American history occurred on April 20, 1999, when two teenagers killed over a dozen students at Columbin High School in Colorado; educate yourself about this tragic massacre with the 5 best Columbine documentaries. The event sparked a fierce political debate throughout the United States, causing many to question the role of violent music, video games and movies in our society. Each of these Columbine documentaries provides an in-depth look at the events leading up to the shooting and the ensuing after affects it had on the community and our nation at large.

  1. "Bowling for Columbine"  "Bowling for Columbine" is not only the most well-known Columbine documentary, it is one of the most notable documentaries ever produced. Director Michael Moore interviews a variety of different people in an attempt to understand the reasons why the shooting took place, and uses his findings to make statements about gun control and violence in the United States. This documentary won awards at both the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and Academy Awards.
  2. "In the Minds of the Columbine High School Killers"  This Columbine documentary is formatted to be viewed like a police investigation. Lawyers, parents, friends, teachers, and the victims' families are all interviewed to provide their own unique testimony regarding the April 20th shooting. In addition to interviews with the aforementioned group of people, the Colorado Police Department offers nearly 1,000 pages of previously unseen documents that were used as research and evidence for this case.
  3. "NIGHTLINE: Columbine Shooter Dylan Klebold's Mother Shares Her Story"  Susan Klebold, the mother of one of the two shooters, offers her thoughts and opinions for the first time in this Columbine documentary. According to her accounts, she was unaware that her son was suicidal or had such violent intentions until she discovered his journals in the aftermath of the shooting. To this day, she still struggles to understand how and why her son took such extreme actions.
  4. "Untold Stories of Columbine"  Rachel Joy Scott was one of the victims killed on April 20th, 1999, primarily because of her outspoken Christianity and faith in God. This Columbine documentary tells her story, but also focuses on how her death has inspired many to remain steadfast in their religious beliefs and use the tragedy of Rachel's death as an inspiration to make a positive impact on the world.
  5. "Columbine- Understanding Why" -Similar to "In the Minds of the Columbine High School Killers", "Columbine- Understanding Why" views like a police investigation. A&E gathers their own team of individuals, including forensic psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz, to try to uncover the motivations behind the two killers. This Columbine documentary focuses primarily on the psychological aspects of the shooting.
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