Family who lost daughter in 7/7 bombings star in Sean Penn terrorism documentary

Relatives of a young woman killed in the 7/7 London bombings have told about their personal journey to turn tragedy into something positive in a documentary.

Love Hate Love – produced by Sean Penn and featuring tracks by Radiohead, U2 and Bruce Springsteen – was screened at the Everyman Cinema in Belsize Park on Monday.

It follows the aftermath of three separate terrorist attacks including the suicide bombings in London.

It tells the story of the Hyman family, who live in Holyoake Walk, East Finchley, as they cope with the death of their daughter and sister, Miriam Hyman, who was killed during the July 7 bombings in 2005.

The film also follows two other families who lost a loved one in the Bali bombings of 2002 and the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York in 2001.

Miriam was aged 32 when the bus she was travelling to work in exploded in Tavistock Square. She was one of 52 people to die in a series of attacks on public transport in London.

Miriam’s parents, Mavis and John, and sister, Esther, set up the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust in 2008 and have raised about a quarter of a million pounds, providing a children’s eye clinic in India with sight-saving equipment.

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Esther said: “It was difficult at first for us to know which direction to take, but we thought about Miriam and the fact that she was such a visual person – as well as being an artist she worked as a picture researcher.

“She discovered she was short-sighted as a teenager and she was really grateful for the eye care she received.

“The film-makers were looking for people who had been affected by the terrorist attacks but had overcome their grief or their circumstances by doing something positive.

“The film follows the three families over several different continents and shows how acts of hate can be overcome by acts of love and sends out the positive message that they can take action in their own communities.”

* Anyone interested in screening the film can contact Esther via the charity’s website at