Dispatches: Beslan

The school siege at Beslan was the bloodiest act of terrorism ever to take place on Russian soil. Yet beyond this horrible truth remain many unanswered questions. There is no agreement on who the terrorists were. How many they numbered? Where they came from? How they got to Beslan? What they wanted? Whether they were all killed or captured? And just how the siege which began on September 1 2004, ended so catastrophically?

This Dispatches special uses testimony from eyewitnesses, survivors and security services. This is combined with video and audio archive footage presents the fullest account of what happened at Beslan.

The film examines the background to the events of Beslan. It also looks at the Russian state’s reaction to the atrocity and the motivation of the hostage-takers. Beslan School Siege also documents how a small town is coming to terms with the loss of its children.

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  • Glen

    Harrowing from start to finish. Beware.

  • fuckgreece

    Terrorsist funny they dont mention the terrorism the russians brought on the Afghan people in the 1980s, or what they did to the Chechnyans in the 1990s. Now they cry

  • Dianna1991

    I will provide all the deceased children and the elderly to those horrible inhumanevent. and I will offer up to God to the people who survived, so that their hearts with hatred and sadness will grow old

  • Powerfull stuff, probably not the most relaxing Sunday viewing to be honest…..

  • Nadroj

    paybacks a bitch isn’t it Russia

    What you gave to them, now they give it to you

    • JK

      Russia has done horrible things, but these were children. It’s bad enough terrorism has to be used at all, but to children is disgusting.

  • Xbestxnightmarex

    My ex boyfriend was held during the siege, as were his parents who were teachers at the school. He had to watch them die at the hands of Chechens and harbors a hatred for them that I have never seen in anyone else in my life. I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to watch your family and friends die around you simply because of governmental and land disputes. It was incredibly hard to be supportive of him, thoughm when I personally believe both sides are in the wrong and that Russia has done some pretty horrific things to the Chechen population as well.  

  • pl

    Thank’s putin for that…. and not only for that…
    poor people, on both sides of the conflict.