Corrymeela News


The Future is Behind Us

20 Nov 2015

A film about inaction and sectarianism in Northern Ireland

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The Corrymeela Community are developing an innovative film that seeks to explore the legacy of the past through focusing on individual choices and behaviour related to the Northern Ireland conflict. The film will feature the real–life stories of ordinary people recalling a moment when they felt they should have stood up to sectarianism, but didn’t and why they made this choice. It could be because the person felt they couldn’t make a difference, were scared, or didn’t know what to do. The incident could be seemingly big or small – a derogatory comment left unchallenged, graffiti left unwashed, or something bigger.

We are collecting stories from all shades of life –do you have a story that you could share?  

The film is about learning from the past to build a different future, not creating guilt or apportioning blame. We want to use the film to think about how we can learn from the past in a different way. If we want to have a future free from sectarianism, how can we learn from inaction in the past and be supported to make different choices in the future?

It will be used as an educational tool to support peace building and conflict resolution work both locally and internationally. We will disseminate the film through integrating it into the multi–sectoral programme of the Corrymeela Community in our work with youth, schools, families, communities, faith groups and international groups.  An educator’s guide will be developed to support this process.

All stories collected will be treated in the strictest of confidence. You can download an information sheet here. Story tellers can appear anonymously on the film and actors used.

For more information or to share a story, you can contact Paul Hutchinson, the Producer/Director of the film via email . Alternatively, you can ring our Belfast Office on 028 90 50 80 80 and your call will be returned.

The production of this film is being made possible thanks to grants from Media Grant Scheme of the Community Relations Council and the Reconciliation Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Community Relations Council and The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade