20 min

02 Northern Ireland on film: Who gets to tell whose story? Reimagining Ireland (English version)

    • Society & Culture

For over 30 years, Arthur MacCaig, documented the Northern Irish conflict. Meanwhile, his son Donal Foreman grew up in Dublin. After MacCaig's death, the idea for the documentary film "The Image You Missed" emerged, interweaving the story of a son's attempt to get to know his late father, with the history of Northern Ireland's conflict. Father and son's recordings show two very different approaches to Irish nationalism, the role of images in a political struggle, and the competing claims of personal and political responsibility. In this way, an exciting cinematic work arises about the role of documentary film director in a political conflict: Which stories do you tell about the conflict - and which stories do you avoid telling? This is what “The Image you Missed” is about.

For over 30 years, Arthur MacCaig, documented the Northern Irish conflict. Meanwhile, his son Donal Foreman grew up in Dublin. After MacCaig's death, the idea for the documentary film "The Image You Missed" emerged, interweaving the story of a son's attempt to get to know his late father, with the history of Northern Ireland's conflict. Father and son's recordings show two very different approaches to Irish nationalism, the role of images in a political struggle, and the competing claims of personal and political responsibility. In this way, an exciting cinematic work arises about the role of documentary film director in a political conflict: Which stories do you tell about the conflict - and which stories do you avoid telling? This is what “The Image you Missed” is about.

20 min

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