It's been tough for the survivors to go through it all again — even amid the safety of a film set. And it's been difficult to see their kids re-enacting what they experienced almost three decades ago.
The survivors and their kids spent several days acting out scenes in the classrooms and outside the school. Their faces were smeared with fake ash and blood.
But the kids didn't seem scared. Instead, they felt honored to essentially play younger versions of their parents.
"I like to pretend I'm my mom," said a smiling Regyn Conger, 9.
Kamaya Wixom, who at 12, is now about the same age as her father when he was held hostage, said, "It's nice to be able to feel what he went through."