SHOOTING THE DARKNESS
Documentarian Tom Burke (LOSING ALASKA) artfully tells the powerful stories of the Irish men who unwittingly became war photographers on the streets of their own towns during the Troubles. They did not leave home in search of war and adventure; the violence erupted around them. They expected careers of wedding photography and beauty pageants instead of the images they produced during the worst years of the conflict. As the complexity of those days fades from memory, we are left with the images. What did it cost them to take those pictures? What was the value of those images as the conflict raged on for 25 years? Did they help Northern Ireland move beyond the cycle of violence, or did they just sell more newspapers? The question of the value of their pictures is still unresolved for most of these men. As they age out of their roles in the press, this is a final opportunity to record the perspectives of these firsthand observers of history and to tell the stories behind the images. (Note courtesy of Broadstone Films.) DIR/SCR Tom Burke; PROD Thomas Kelly, Jessie Fisk, Alan Maher. Ireland, 2019, color/b&w, 60 min. NOT RATED
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