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To Be Seven in Belfast

Moving documentary showing the effect of the Troubles on the wellbeing of children from both sides of the community

Documentary 1975 55 mins


Looking at Belfast from both sides, this documentary captures both the innocence of its young subjects and the trauma they experience. Interviews with the children and their families reveal the extent of the disruption and distress of the Troubles, but remarkable observational sequences show that playtime and parties still go on. Filmed by the Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges, the programme follows seven year olds at St Mary's Primary School off the Lower Falls and Brown Street School near the Lower Shankill.

Though this documentary was originally shown in colour, only a black and white print is held in the BFI National Archive.