About Forgotten Survivors – A Pulse Documentary

Act 1: Introductions and Safe Place

On June 12th, Pulse Nightclub was hopping with happy club goers until the unthinkable happened, a terrorist attack affecting hundreds of people and taking 49 lives.  This attack would be known as the largest massacre in US history. We are bringing you stories of some of the survivors who haven’t had the opportunity to tell their accounts of that night.

Our documentary opens up with exclusive interviews with survivors talking about how Pulse Nightclub was a safe place for the LGBTQ community. A place where everyone was family and patrons could be themselves. In a world of judgement and discrimination, we find that Pulse was their safe haven to not be judged for their sexuality and/or by their race.

Our documentary will introduce our survivors prior to the shooting and talk about how their lives were and how their lives intertwined with each other as friends and fellow club goers. We will then go into the accounts of each individual’s memories of what exactly transpired the night of the shooting and how they survived.

Act 2: Recovery and Self- Assessment

In any attack the road to recovery is very emotional and traumatic. We will bring the viewers into their stories and how survival was their only thought. As the rest of the world did interviews and vigils along with other public events, our interviewees were just trying to recover and literally survive day by day, whether it was emotionally or physically.  We are also revealing some personal moments from them regarding that tragic night’s events. (text messages, snapchats, selfies etc), as well as remembering their lost friends, loved ones and the sacred place for their community. We will highlight news briefs and coverage of the horrific night and show vigils for the victims include personal feelings of each interviewee on Omar Mateen and how they feel about what he did and the pain he has caused.

In every society we have racism and discrimination. This is an ongoing topic within society on how to bridge the gap to equality for everyone. The LGBTQ community over the last few years has been in the public eye over the rights just to marry their partners.  Within the LGBTQ community themselves there are struggles to fit in, be accepted and just to be loved. We are highlighting some of the issues like after the tragedy where the African American LGBTQ community was left out of the loop during the vigils and interviews, since it was Latino night. The media mostly highlighted the Latinos and didn’t reveal a lot about the 10 individual African American lives that were lost and the others affected. The communication within the survivors as a whole, inadvertently or lack of knowledge left a huge group out of the loop, causing pain and hurt and abandonment. This event happened to the LGBTQ community as a whole but at the same time has been a wrench in between the races themselves.

ACT 3- Healing and Becoming Voices of LGBTQ Community

Our survivors are finally to the point where they want to talk. You will hear their traumatic stories and how they are the true heros in this stories. We will talk about lost loved ones, the impact physically and emotionally on each one of them. They will discuss how their lives are different and their fight to bring the LGBTQ community back together as a whole and the family it once was. We will touch base on forgiveness and if they can find that in their hearts.  The biggest obstacle society has as a whole is labels and being put in a box of those labels. People are people no matter their ethnicity or their sexual preference.  One final question will have to be asked, will time heal all wounds or just some of them.