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Dan Gordon's Hillsborough disaster documentary. - May 9th 2016, 12:21 PM

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Hillsborough: How the world reacted to powerful documentary shown in the UK for the first time - Liverpool Echo
The devil was in the detail of this indispensable BBC film about Hillsborough - Daily Telegraph

For those unfamiliar with what this entails, to explain briefly, the Hillsborough disaster was a large human crush at a football match in 1989 that led to deaths of 96 Liverpool fans. Details about what caused the incident were twisted to effectively cover up the failure of police control at the stadium which led to the overcrowding causing the crush. There are some very sinister ways in which this was done, for example, statements from individual police officers present at Hillsborough were written under direction from superiors and even altered and right-wing media outlets (most notably the tabloid newspaper The Sun) published articles smearing the fans.

All this led to almost three decades of people essentially blaming the fans for the disaster. In the 90's, a campaign was set up by relatives of the victims to demand justice for those killed, the eventual result of which was an independent inquiry into Hillsborough set up in 2012, and it wasn't until just a few weeks ago that the 96 who died were finally ruled to have been unlawfully killed.

This documentary was very contentious, it was banned from being screened on British television until after the inquiry finished and last night's screening on BBC2 was the first time it was shown to UK/Ireland viewers. It was truly breathtaking. From a cinematic viewpoint, it was easily among the best documentaries I have ever seen. It was also incredibly important. It had Phil Scraton (who headed the Hillsborough Independent Panel) explain perfectly the key details of the cover-up and featured testimonials from victims' relatives, survivors and police officers present on the day. It was in equal parts heartbreaking and infuriating but a truly brilliant film.

For those in the UK, it's available on BBC iPlayer and I think as many people as possible should watch it. Bear in mind that it could be very triggering as it has graphic footage and images of the disaster and very vivid accounts of grieving, but if you can watch it, do.

Further reading: Think Hillsborough couldn't happen today? Think again. - Owen Jones in The Guardian
   
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