Long Hard Road

Long Hard Road

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Belfast, Benburb, Bombay Street, Co. Antrim, Co. Derry, Co. Down, Co. Tyrone, Coalisland, Dungannon, Lough Erne, Lough Neagh, Toome






26min 43sec







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British Film Institute, Peter McDonald, Terence McDonald

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This film is introduced by John Hume with an appeal to American benefactors to help advocate change through non-violent means. In Hume's opinion there was no military solution to the problems that beset Northern Irish society. Discover the stories of activists who share this vision and their response to sectarian housing and unemployment. As a call across the Atlantic to fund the Northern Ireland Resurgence Trust the film weaves social realism with poetic nationalism.  


John Hume was awarded the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize for his pivotal role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Terence McDonald (1926 – 2001) was a teacher, film historian, film collector and a pioneering amateur filmmaker from Derry. He made 35 films in his lifetime covering a wide range of themes such as mental health, travelling theatre, and portraits of his home town, Derry. His playful fiction films often pay homage to classic cinema moments from Peyton Place to Potemkin, from Chaplin to Jacques Tati. Terence McDonald undertook all aspects of production - filming, sound recording and editing and produced a body of remarkably sophisticated work. This film is courtesy of his son, Peter McDonald.


Introduced by John Hume

Filmed and Directed by Terence McDonald, Fairview Films


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