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Crowdfunded doc 'to expose train crash lies'

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Crowdfunded doc 'to expose train crash lies'
Families and victims of the train crash gather on the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Santiago de Compostela. MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP
14:03 CET+01:00
A year and a half after a train crash killed 81 people in northern Spain, victims are hoping a new crowdfunded documentary will expose what they believe is the web of misinformation surrounding the crash.

The documentary, called Frankestein 04155, a reference to the name given to the wrecked train by national rail company Renfe, will give victims a voice and reveal lies about the accident, the people behind the project say.

Victims and family members of those killed in the train crash, in Santiago de Compostela on July 24th 2013, have turned to crowd funding after an attempt to bring national rail infrastructure company, Adif, to court stalled in the courts.  

“We want to tell the world that we have been kept in the dark about everything surrounding the accident that left 81 people dead and more than 140 injured,” the victims' spokesman, Jesús Domínguez told Spanish daily, 20 minutos.

The documentary will be made by an independent Galician production team and include the testimony of engineers and railway experts as well as revealing unedited documents on the tragedy.

If the documentary receives the necessary crowdfunding, shooting will start in January, with a provisional release date of September "so we can present it to international and national film festivals to get the widest release possible", said representatives of the victims.

Video: Plataforma Víctimas Alvia 04155

The project, with a cost of €50,000 ($60,000), will explore the idea that on July 27th 2013, 200 people got on a train, "without knowing that the minimum safety conditions would not be guaranteed". 

The victims association is sure that before the fatal crash "thousands of train passengers had risked their lives before the catastrophe occurred".

A judge in La Coruña formally named 12 former Adif executives as part of his investigations into the crash but lawyers acting on their behalf have appealed that ruling and to date, the train driver, Francisco José Garzón, is the only person to have been charged.

He was charged with multiple cases of negligent homicide in July 2013. 

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