The Academy, Ground Floor, Ulster University Belfast Campus
13th March: 7.10pm – 9.00pm (doors 7.00pm)
Screening of the film: ‘the choices we made: Bystanding & Conflict in Northern Ireland’.
The issue of dealing with the past continues to be one of the most politically and socially elusive and divisive elements of the peace process. Some progress was made through the Stormont House Agreement, however this remains largely unimplemented. One element of Stormont House is concerned with the development of an ‘Oral History Archive’ which would provide a space for the public at large to document, store and share their narratives concerning the past. There is much work to be done to bring the archive to fruition and to consider what contribution such a process can actually make to the peace process.
Corrymeela, Healing through Remembering and Ulster University have all been involved in a range of initiatives that harness story telling as a means by which to give expression to multiple narratives about the past. At this event, we will watch one such project, ‘the choices we made: Bystanding & Conflict in Northern Ireland’, a film produced by Corrymeela that explores six true stories of individuals wrestling with how to behave and act when confronted with sectarianism, violence or prejudice.
Following the screening, we will have a panel discussion including Q & A on the possibilities of story-telling as a process for dealing with the past. Chaired by Duncan Morrow (UU), the panel will include Graínne Kelly (UU), Claire Hackett Claire Hackett (Healing through Remembering & Falls Community Council) and Sean Pettis (Corrymeela). The film was funded by the Community Relations Council through their Media Grant Scheme and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through their Reconciliation Fund.