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A visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, told with love and passion of someone, who has left the city many years ago but is still fascinated by it. Themes brought up in the film range from the landscapes surrounding the city, its changing architecture and social structure to the political and personal repercussions of the Northern Irish conflict.
I lived in Northern Ireland for 10 years, I came from England. My knowledge of Northern Ireland amounted to orchestrated news stories and nothing more. This poetic documentary moved me entirely, and my wife who is native to Belfast. I shed more than one tear as did my wife. Helena Bereen's narrative is utterly moving. The use of iconic places interjected with historical facts make this documentary more a work of love than a determined exercise in Northern Irish divide. I have seen many documentaries and films concerning Northern Ireland, but I have never been moved so much by any. I Am Belfast is a visual poem, a testimony of the people of Belfast who once opened their doors to one another, sharing vibrancy and acceptance until a dark cloud moved over the waters and overshadowed everything in it's path. Even as I write this review I can still hear the voice of Belfast and I hope I continue to hear it long into my days.
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