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Greenlit: Surviving Aberfan, BBC4

Surviving Aberfan (1 x 60′) –  Fifty years ago, on 21 October 1966, 116 children and 28 adults lost their lives after a roaring avalanche of coal waste crashed into a school and the houses nearby in the South Wales mining village of Aberfan. This film tells the deeply moving story of the worst disaster involving children in modern British history.

Over a few unbelievable minutes, death and destruction were wrought over this small village, and it was a race against time to rescue the survivors, many of whom were buried alive. In this film the people of Aberfan tell their stories of tragic loss, miraculous survival and heroic rescue.

Many talk for the first time about the most harrowing day of their lives, and how they have lived with the memory for half a century. We hear extraordinary untold stories of firefighters, rescuers and the children they saved, and see how the people of Aberfan have coped with the consequences of the disaster. This is an intimate and deeply moving portrait of a community that suffered a heart-breaking disaster, yet somehow found the strength to carry on with hope and dignity. It’s the story of surviving Aberfan.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: Testimony Films


Source: BBC press release


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