To celebrate Human Rights Day December 2014 the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Belfast Film Festival proudly present a screening of Still the Enemy Within

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Still the Enemy Within is a unique human insight into one of Britain’s most dramatic struggles, the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike. No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw emotional story of the extraordinary people who drove Britain’s longest strike.

Against all the forces the government could throw at them, 160,000 coal miners took up the fight and became part of a battle that would change the course of history.  Still the Enemy Within tells the story of a group of miners and supporters who were on the frontline of the strike for an entire year. These were people that Margaret Thatcher labelled ‘The Enemy Within’. Many of them have never spoken on camera before.

Using interviews and a wealth of rare and never before seen archive, Still the Enemy Within draws together personal experiences – whether tragic, funny or terrifying – to take the audience on an emotionally powerful journey through the dramatic events of that year. It is ultimately a universal tale of ordinary people standing up for what they believe in. It challenges us to look again at our past so that in the words of one miner, “we can still seek to do something about the future”. Directed by Owen Gower, produced by Sinead Kirwan and Mark Lacey, executive produced by Christopher Hird and crowd-funded, the film has the support of Ken Loach, John Pilger and Lee Hall (writer of Billy Elliott).

Sheffield DocFest Audience Award Winner 

**** Total Film   **** Empire   ****The Independent   ****The Sunday Times   ****Mail on Sunday   ****The Observer ****The Guardian   ****Time Out

 

Reviews

"A documentary as gripping as any thriller"
"Heartfelt and stirring"