The BBC films on Housing Discrimination and The Move are screening as part of our archive-based project High Rise Low Rise .
Housing Discrimination Case Studies
We look at 2 different examples of torrid housing conditions in the early 1960s, in Enniskillen and in Springtown Camp near Derry/Londonderry. Understanding the politics and segregation of state housing policies go a long way to understanding the specific problems Northern Ireland was facing leading up to the conflict.
A report on circumstances surrounding the moving of three families to a new street in North Belfast.
“We invest much more than money in the bricks and mortar in which we live. Our homes are the creation of our hopes and dreams, our memories and regrets.”
Written by Trevor Williams, and directed by Robin Wylie, this 1988 documentary tells the story of three families living in Belfast who are moving into new homes in a new housing project. Andy, Lily and their young grandson live in North Belfast. Their home has been the target of sectarian abuse and intimidation. Their windows have been smashed in so often that they live behind permanently boarded up windows. A fridge blocks their front door at night and Andy keeps an axe in the hallway in case of attack. Valerie and her two children have lived on the eighth floor of a highrise for 17 years after being forced to move due to sectarian strife. Valerie’s husband, a merchant seaman, is absent for long periods and Valerie struggles to raise her children in the stifling atmosphere of the flat. This documentary is a glimpse into the life of working class families in the late 1980’s as they receive the keys to the homes they pray will help path the way to a new tomorrow.
These films are all from the BBC archive and we thank the team there for providing such enlightening content.
This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Shifting Ground.