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Film on terrorism to help relatives get back their lives

PUBLISHED: 14:53 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:32 05 October 2010

Raj outside Aldgate station and (inset) bomb victim Benedetta

Raj outside Aldgate station and (inset) bomb victim Benedetta

A FILM about the effects of terrorism made by the friend of a woman killed in the 7/7 London Underground suicide bombings is being screened in public. The four bombings killed 52 passengers and injured hundreds of others on the Tube network and a London bus in July, 2005. Now Raj Babbra has made a documentary about the story of his former girlfriend Benedetta Ciaccia, one of seven passengers killed at Aldgate in one of the attacks

Julia Gregory

A FILM about the effects of terrorism made by the friend of a woman killed in the 7/7 London Underground suicide bombings is being screened in public.

The four bombings killed 52 passengers and injured hundreds of others on the Tube network and a London bus in July, 2005.

Raj Babbra made a documentary about the impact of the bombs by telling the story of the life of his former girlfriend Benedetta Ciaccia, one of the seven passengers killed at Aldgate station in one of the attacks.

He is screening the film at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on Monday and Tuesday (August 18 and 19), less than a mile form Aldgate.

St Ethelburga’s is a former Saxon church at Bishopsgate in the City which was bombed by the IRA in 1993, later converted into a peace centre.

Raj hopes to raise funds to help him take the film to New York to share with the American public and especially those affected by the 7/11 attacks in 2001.

“We have created a story which has touched many people’s hearts in the 7/7 community,” said Raj.

“But we want to take it to New York to bring people together after the loss of life through terrorism, to realise we are not isolated in grief. It is universal, but we can move on.”

Raj is planning to set up a charity called Life With Loss’ to help the survivors of terrorism and their families and friends regain their love for living again.’

The screening of his Life Without Benedetta is being shown three times each evening on Monday and Tuesday, at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.

Tickets: £10, bookable by calling 020-8979 6772.

Further information online:

www.benedetta-ciaccia.com/screenings

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