‘Dark tourism’ has been defined as travel to places historically associated with death or tragedy. In Belfast, Northern Ireland, this industry is booming. Over 3600 people died during The Troubles (1968-1998), the colloquial name given to the 30 year period of violence and political dispute between Unionists who wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom and Nationalists who wanted to join the Republic of Ireland.
A new phenomena of tourists now travel to the working class streets of the city where the majority of the conflict took place with long-term residents beginning to feel like they’re part of the attraction.
Added to the BFI National Archive for long-term preservation in 2021 and screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London as part of London Short Film Festival 2020, Sheffield Docfest 2020 and British Shorts Film Festival in Berlin.
This project was made possible with support from the Deutsche Bank Award for Film 2017.