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Christmas in Belfast

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Christmas in Belfast

Christmas in Belfast at the height of 'The Troubles'. Not the most wonderful time of year.

Government sponsored film 1977 2 mins

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Overview

Traditional holiday activities and images - Santa on his sleigh, the tree outside City Hall, a children's choir - are punctuated by reminders that not all is as it should be. British Army jeeps prowl the streets and shoppers make small talk as they have their bags searched at security checkpoints.

The film concludes with interviews with religious representatives of the Catholic and Protestant communities. Despite the difficulties that are apparent, they sound a note of optimism and envisage better times ahead. This government film comes from the BFI collection.