BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- The saga of six area families are among those highlighted in the documentary "Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103." The film will close the Greenwich International Film Festival when it premieres on Sunday, June 12 in Greenwich, Conn.
The movie tells the story of some of the 270 victims, their families and survivors of New York-bound Pan Am Flight 103 after a terrorist bomb planted by Libya destroyed the aircraft 38 minutes after takeoff from London’s Heathrow airport.
Those from Bergen County include Michael Warren Buser, 34, of Ridgefield Park; Warren Max Buser, 62, from Glen Rock, Gretchen Joyce Dater, 20, from Ramsey; Frank Ciulla, 45, from Park Ridge; Elia G. Stratis, 43, from Montvale; and Alexia Kathryn Tsairis, 20, from Franklin Lakes.
The story follows the families -- bound together by tragedy when a bomb ripped the jumbo jet into pieces over Lockerbie, Scotland in December, 1988 -- and the traumatic injustices they faced after their loss.
From the early days when an unprepared U.S. government left the relatives to fend for themselves to more recent history when the only man convicted of the crime was set free in a backdoor oil deal with Libya’s dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, the families refused to go down without a fight, harnessing the power of the media in their war for truth and justice.
Several of the Flight 103 families will be present at the screening of the documentary as will the director.
"Because of the flight path of Flight 103, there are so many families from Connecticut, New Jersey and New York that were affected by this tragedy," said Furey. "It means a lot to be able to bring this film to this region."
The film will show at Bow Tie Cinemas, 2 Railroad Ave. in Greenwich, Conn. at 7:30 p.m.