"Changing the Narrative" was an engagement programme that resulted in the creation of five thought-provoking short films. The films explored and celebrated Women's roles in rural South Armagh and the rich traditions, stunning landscape and heritage of the area. Heavily associated as a paramilitary stronghold during the Troubles era, the powerful films look into everyday life in the past and present as well as the Women's hopes and aspirations for the future.
The films, which were created by 24 participants aged from 13 to 70, involved the participants researching in Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Ulster Museum and Ulster Folk Museum as well as learning a range of new filmmaking techniques. Over the course of the 3 months, the participants also met other individuals and groups from the Making the Future Project 'Women in the Archives' developing new partnerships and collaborations.
The five short films consisted of:
Voices of Gullion – An exploration of language, song tradition and South Armagh’s stunning landscape.
The Threads That Bind Us - An Insight into the rich tradition of lace-making and the pieces that bind women together across generations.
Breaking The Mould – Meet some of the women and girls involved in a variety of sports, such as camogie, netball, hill walking and football.
Women in Farming - Three farmers from different generations discuss the past, present and future of farming.
ROGHA – Meet ROGHA, a collective of hand crafters and artists whose work is inspired by the unique heritage and majesty of the Ring of Gullion.
We are thrilled to announce that the films will be screened at two Film Festivals FREE of charge next month in the following locations:
Wanda Film Festival - Friday 1 November, 3pm, at the Beanbag Cinema, Belfast -see here
Foyle Film Festival - Monday 18 November, 6pm at Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry - see here *pre booking available
Changing the Narrative was led by the Making the Future 'Women in the Archives' team from Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI) and the Nerve Centre in partnership with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.