Chowchilla (2023) poster

Chowchilla (2023)

7
English
1h 01 min

Go behind the headlines to explore the strangest mass kidnapping in history, with exclusive interviews from those who lived through it.

Storyline 

CNN Films and Max explores the strangest mass kidnapping in history in Chowchilla, California. Featuring exclusive interviews with the survivors, director Paul Solet goes behind the headlines to reveal for the first time the complete saga of the infamous school bus abduction. On July 15, 1976, three masked men boarded a school bus in Chowchilla, California, kidnapped the driver and all 26 children aboard. They were then loaded onto soundproofed vans, driven to a remote quarry, and buried in an underground chamber. With little to eat or drink, air rapidly running out, and the roof buckling in, one of the children led a harrowing escape effort. The apprehension of the kidnappers and subsequent revelation of their identities only added to the shock of an event that would haunt those who survived it for decades as they struggled to regain all they had lost.