March 14, 2008

What You Do Not Know About Ireland

Going through half a century of political and religious conflicts, Ireland signed the Belfast Agreement with the United Kingdom and the Ireland Republic Army (IRA) in 1998, turning a new page in the country’s history. However, the IRA broke ceasefire, which gave rise to a new wave of crisis. How did Ireland waddle through the road to independence in the 1920s? How did it transform itself from a small and poor state to an advanced country?

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley 
Ireland fights for independence from British rule in 1920, and an intense guerrilla warfare breaks out. Two Irish brothers, driven by patriotism and a sense of responsibility, join the Irish Republican Army. They strategically make the British forces sign the Anglo-Irish Treaty, an agreement that concludes the Irish War of Independence. The Second World War breaks out, and one merciless war follows another. The brothers are forced to face a tragedy caused by having different political stances. The film shows how the British forces brutally oppress Ireland, opening old wounds between the two countries.

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