Behind the Mask (1991)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Politics & Government  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - Australia, Ireland, UK  |  
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Every conflict has at least two sides, and this documentary unapologetically allows members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to tell their view of the long conflict between its members and the British and the (in their view) British-supported Protestants of Northern Ireland. Each of the people interviewed was formerly imprisoned or "interned" for IRA activities but claims no status within the organization, perhaps to avoid being imprisoned again. Nonetheless, they openly espouse views and attitudes which many people find frightening, claiming that they are simply working to defend the underdog Catholics of the region against persecution by Protestant and British forces. The interviewees are reportedly quite eloquent in putting forward their case, but it is unlikely that any large audience of American viewers will have a chance to see this documentary, given the politically unpopular views which it advocates.



IRA (Irish Republican Army), Ireland, political-unrest