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ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Incredible docu on horrific event; some violence.

Movie NR 2019 70 minutes
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This documentary, like the others in the ReMastered series, is incredibly thorough and comprehensive. In a short amount of time, ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre introduces audiences outside of Ireland who may be unfamiliar with The Miami Showband to the group, and how their popularity in the 1970s earned them comparisons to The Beatles, and presents, through archival news footage, the context of The Troubles in Northern Ireland at that time and how the sectarian violence between Catholics and Protestants was tearing Northern Ireland apart. Then, through interviews of those who survived, the terrorist attack that killed three members of the band is presented in horrific detail.

The second half of the documentary follows Stephen Travers -- the bass player of The Miami Showband -- as he continues his decades-long search to find out who was responsible for planning and helping to carry out the attack on his band, even as the evidence points to what he had believed to be unthinkable -- collusion from the British government. It's a shocking and sad documentary that somehow finds a way to end on a hopeful note, as so many who were victims and casualties of the violence in Northern Ireland find a way to continue the painful but necessary process of reconciliation.

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