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Out of the Ashes: Northern Ireland's Fragile Peace

  Out of the Ashes (1998; 56 minutes) is the story of hope for a peaceful future. More than a quarter century of bloodshed has left its mark on Northern Ireland, since the conflict was rekindled in the 1960s. A legacy of mutual suspicion and spiralling violence pits Catholic against Protestant, Irish against English, and Republican against Loyalist. Europe's longest running conflict is almost as old as Irish history itself. Despite historic resentment, voices of change can be found on both sides of the divide.These are the voices behind the official peace process, supporting the emergence of a lasting peace.

While witnessing to the pain and complexity of the problem, key political figures, religious leaders, and community activists challenge their communities to new ways of thinking. Through ongoing peace talks and cross-community initiatives, new opportunities for a covenant of peace hang in a delicate balance. OUT OF THE ASHES offers personal and historical views of the unrest in Northern Ireland from the mid-1960s to present day, with interviews with political and religious leaders, former paramilitaries, and Catholic and Protestant children. While some prominent personalities such as Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams appear, "the primary focus is on newer voices," according to Michalczyk, "one's seldom heard before: the women who are forced to take up so much of the day-to-day work in family and community life; and the former prisoners, who have undergone a radical change from using violence to pursuing social action. As the peace process goes on these are the people who are truly fostering a long-term change."

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John J. Michalczyk
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