MTV will air True Life: We Are Orlando, a special episode of the docuseries which follows survivors of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub. It focuses on four survivors as they try to come to terms with the trauma they experienced in order to get their lives back on track. The episode will premiere Monday, August 15 at 8 PM on MTV.
Viewers will meet the subjects and follow their stories as the docuseries is being filmed. Beginning tomorrow July 26, MTV will release exclusive videos while production is still happening via MTV’s social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat Discover and tumblr. In addition, there will be more than a dozen digital shorts for the episode leading up to the August 15 premiere of the TV episode. The digital clips will include exclusive footage which will not be included in the final TV episode, as well as interviews and footage of other LGBTQ community members from Orlando who will not appear during the one-hour TV episode, but who were in Pulse during the attack or were impacted by the shooting.
The individuals included in the episode are Tony Marrero, who was shot four times during the attack, including once in the back. He faces a long road ahead as he heals from his physical wounds, but is finding it more challenging to accept the loss of his best friend Luis Vielma, who was killed in the attack. Patience Carter and Tiara Parker and Tiara’s cousin Akyra were at Pulse for a night out while on vacation from Philadelphia. The three young women hid in a bathroom during the attack where they were shot and trapped in the room with the shooter during his three hour standoff with the police. Joshua McGill fled over the back wall of the club during and hid behind a car where he heard a stranger crying out for help. The injured man was Rodney Sumter, a bartender at the club and father of two, who had been shot multiple times. Joshua crafted a tourniquet out of his shirt to stop the bleeding in both of Rodney’s arms.
During the special, MTV will air a special remembrance dedicated to the 49 lives lost during the attack as well as all of the survivors and victims’ friends and family members.
The video below includes two clips from the episode: