The Green Room at the Black Box will be showing the premiere of a documentary film exploring the religious roots of the Northern Ireland conflict on December 17th. The trailer for the film can be seen here https://vimeo.com/267884097
For those that can’t make it, the event and documentary will also be streamed live, the viewing link will be posted on here nearer the time.
The film is produced by Jonny Clark, Director of Youth With A Mission Ireland and English film maker Josh Eaves of Global Fire Creative.
“Guardians of The Flame” is about three individuals who have displayed inspirational courage and compassion despite great personal loss, and who continue to pursue their desire for peace and reconciliation.
Clark, who grew up in Belfast, talks to Alan McBride, whose wife Sharon was killed in the Shankill bomb, Eugene Reavey whose three brothers were killed in the Whitecross shooting, and Beryl Quigley who husband Bill McConnell was killed by the IRA.
Others interviewed include musician and peace activist Tommy Sands ,and former SDLP MP Seamus Mallon who recalls visiting the Reavey family in Whitecross on the night of the massacre.
Also taking part are Padraig O’ Tuama (Corrymeela), Rev. Steve Stockman (Fitzroy Presbyterian Church) Ed Petersen ((Clonard Monastery) and Fr. Mark Ephrem (Benedictine Monastery Rostrevor).
The filmmakers took their title from a quote by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his book The Dignity of Difference, “Religion is like a fire and like a fire it warms but it also burns, and we are the guardians of the flame.”
It is their intention for this to be the first in a series of films looking at countries which have been affected by sectarian religious violence.