‘Unheard Voices’ of Troubles event in Coleraine

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COLERAINE Borough Council is hosting a Community Dialogue exploring the experience of some of those who have suffered during the years of conflict in Northern Ireland.

WAVE Trauma Centre and the Centre for Media Research from the University of Ulster have created ‘Unheard Voices’, a collection of six powerful short films. These films tell the stories of those who have lost someone or who have been injured permanently as a result of the Northern Ireland conflict.

This event is a continuation of Council’s programme of Community Dialogues, which has been part of their Good Relations Strategy since 2007.

Joy Wisener, Council’s Good Relations Officer, said: “The Troubles have exacted a high price for many people in Northern Ireland and beyond. There has been recent discussion about ‘storytelling’ as one of the ways that our society might address its violent past.

“While policy makers address the difficult tasks of public acknowledgement and truth recovery, these short films gently work their way into your thoughts by asking you to listen to the voices that are often not heard.

“The films present poignant reflections on a range of experiences, as survivors and relatives engage with the themes of loss, recovery, justice and remembering.

“The screening will be followed by a discussion so that those attending can meet some of the people featured in the film. It will give them the opportunity to discuss their stories, the impact the film has on those watching and the process of being involved in the making of this production.”

The event is open to everyone and will be held in The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine on Wednesday, March 28 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

Light refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome, to confirm attendance please contact Zara Curry, Coleraine Borough Council, Tel. 028 70347032.