On the morning after an historic election in Northern Ireland, we discuss Kenneth Branagh's childhood remembrance of the start of The Troubles - with filmmaker and professor Cahal McLaughlin of Queen's University, Belfast. As a child, Dr. McLaughlin lived only a few streets away from the street portrayed in the film. As an adult he works to bridge the divide between Northern Ireland's communities as Director of the Prisons Memory Archive.
"Belfast" challenges us to consider a number of themes: from intimate concerns about debts, secrets and safety within the home, to larger issues of tolerance and understanding across tribal lines. Rich, Blake and Kofi ponder a variety of questions - drawing on Cahal's childhood observations and his experience as a lifelong activist working for social justice.
We encourage you to check out Cahal's work with the Prisons Memory Archive and his portrayals of violence at the hands of UN Peacekeepers in Haiti and Police and Army personnel in Brazil.
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