A small boy recounts how one terrorist's grenades exploded, and "he blew up and his brains hit me in the face." Another wished that Harry Potter would arrive with his invisibility cloak and wrap him up, and together they would escape.
The filmmakers' questions to the survivors went beyond the details of the siege, including, for example: "Did the events affect your belief in God?" One boy, Mr. Woodhead said, told them: " 'I don't believe in God. I believe in the Russian military.' "
Only one parent refused to allow a child to be interviewed. The filmmakers were welcomed into the homes of Beslan, with tea, cakes, vodka and often entire meals spread out for them.
Here, NTV is showing a documentary of their own on Saturday, also about the kids. I'm not sure I'll be watching it.