A FILM featuring testimony from a RUC man who picked up the pieces after Ballykelly, Coshquin and Teebane; a former UDA bagman whose activism soon became racketeering during the Troubles; and a former soldier who arrived at the scene 20 minutes after the Remebrance Day bomb in 1987; will air at the Playhouse next week.
The documentary film ‘Release’ - shot and directed by Declan Keeney - explores the life stories of six remarkable men, told in their own words and in their own way through an original Theatre of Witness production of the same name which toured Northern Ireland and the border counties in 2012.
The film explores themes of forgiveness, remembering and the pain of living with our ever present past.
With great courage and conviction, a former RUC detective, a former Prison Governor, a former British soldier, two ex-prisoners and a community activist who survived a car bomb as a child come together across the sectarian divide to create a group of men working for peace.
Their journey is at times heart-breaking, extraordinary, breathtakingly brave but ultimately transformational.
It is a story of survival, but most importantly it is their story and in their own words.
Kathryn Stone, OBE, Commissioner for Victims and Survivors Northern Ireland, has said of the documentary: “This film is so much more than a documentary of how this all came together.
“It is an elegiac poem about the nature of interconnectedness, about suffering, about finding peace with one another and within yourself. “
The film will premiere at The Playhouse on Monday (September 9) at 7pm.
Pat Colgan the Chief Executive of SEUPB will be guest speaker at this prestigious event. The film will then be shown in Belfast’s Brian Friel Theatre on Thursday (September 12) at 7pm where the Commissioner for Victims and Survivors, Kathyrn Stone, OBE will be a guest speaker.
Tickets for both events are free and can be booked through The Playhouse box office on 028 7126 8027.