'Waking the Titanic'
(Miriam Kelly / DVD / NR / 2012 / BFS Entertainment)
Overview: Based on the testimony of the 3 villagers who survived the sinking of the Titanic and the lives and voices of their 96 direct descendants, this extraordinary docudrama dramatizes the story of the 14 young men and women from the poor community of Addergoole in county Mayo, the 'Addergoole 14, who had the misfortune to be traveling in third-class on a ship billed as "unsinkable"
DVD Verdict: In truth, we all know that the story of RMS Titanic has been told in grand style many, oh so many times. Of how the monumental luxury ship and the dreadful events of April 15th, 1912 went down (quite literally!), and how survivor stories have varied in such things as what the band were playing as it went down, and who fled first and such.
But this new documentary is something quite diffrent, something that I personally have never seen the side of re: that great tragedy before. Indeed, 'Waking the Titanic' is more than just a living history that reveals a new and intimate perspective of the Titanic and the fragile hopes of a community that lost more of its population that fateful April night than any other. It is a most compeling story of given testimony from three villagers who survived the sinking through the lives and voices of their 96 direct descendants!
Quite incredible, if you think of it to have gotten all these voices together over this period of time to bring back that fateful night through the eyes of hearsay (for the most part, I'll grant you), but written and stored family documents and told through the ages bedtime stories.
This extraordinary documentary dramatizes the story of the 14 young men and women from the poor community of Addergoole in county Mayo. To be further nicknamed 'The Addergoole 14,' they had the misfortune to be traveling in third-class on that ship that night. And so through some authentic re-enactments, all the heartbreaking details are brought forth for us to take in; all glad that from the comfort of our own sofa's we weren't on that vessel with them that night.
It tells the sad tale of how sons and daughters from a tiny west Ireland village went in search of a better life in America - only to be knocked sideways by the tragic destiny of the world's greatest ship. You honestly have to see this documentary to final get another look into that night and those that suffered that you might not be aware of still to this day. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.