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Entwined Histories

November 2012

The Entwined Histories project was a joint filmmaking project between Cinemagic and Co-operation Ireland funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which marked the centenary anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant. The project took place over six months in 2012 and engaged with 150 young people, aged 11-18, from schools and youth groups in Belfast.

Peter Sheridan, Co-operation Ireland Chief Executive

This project was the first in a series of Entwined Histories projects which focused on a decade of anniversaries in the history of this island . Our rationale for the series was to give young people an opportunity to learn more about and explore the significance of these events, illustrate how culture and tradition is entwined and show the impact of these events on people’s lives today. The cross-community element enabled the young people to get to know and make friends with their peers who perhaps have a different understanding of these periods in history. I was delighted with how the everyone has engaged with the organisers and the extremely high standard of films they produced

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Six groups of young people from schools and youth clubs across Belfast and the Greater Belfast area took part in the six-month project during which they participated in a range of activities designed to facilitate them to think about the social and political history of 1912 and the impact that the signing of the Ulster Covenant may still have on their lives today.As part of the project and with the support of Cinemagic, each of the groups wrote, produced and directed a short film depicting their understanding of that period in history. The films were screened to a packed audience at a special showcase event in Belfast City Hall, which included the Minister for Education, John O’Dowd MLA, Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell MLA and Jennifer McCann MLA and young actor and Cinemagic patron John Bell.

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