Ireland - Behind the Wire (1974)

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    United Kingdom

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    Non Fiction

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  • Behind the Wire Alternative
  • Behind the Wire - Ireland Alternative
  • Ireland Alternative


Partisan film about the Northern Ireland 'Troubles' between 1968-1973, outlining recent history from a largely pro-nationalist, and socialist perspective. Emphasis is on the history of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, on the repressive role of the British army, and on the effects of internment on the Catholic community. Portrayed through the eyes and words of the people of Derry and Belfast, and includes interviews and location footage shot there, as well as repurposed library material. Includes scenes on the bus to the internment camp at Long Kesh, travelling with the women whose husbands had been interned; interviews with the men on hunger strikes and those who had been tortured; and inside the Ardoyne Relief centre in Belfast.

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