Film Club: ‘Brexit Pain at the Irish Border’

What financial, bodily, psychological and social impacts do borders have on folks?

“Brexit Pain on the Irish Border” is a seven-minute movie that touches on themes of id, politics and historical past. It profiles residents, together with youngsters, who dwell alongside the border between Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom, and Ireland, which belongs to the European Union. The movie explores the historical past of the Irish border and the rearing of its painful legacy amid the British exit from the European Union.


1. Watch the brief movie above. While you watch, you may take notes utilizing our Film Club Double-Entry Journal (PDF) that will help you bear in mind particular moments.

2. After watching, take into consideration these questions:

• What moments on this movie stood out for you? Why?

• Were there any surprises? Anything that challenged what you recognize — or thought you knew?

• What messages, feelings or concepts will you’re taking away from this movie? Why?

• What questions do you continue to have?

three. An further problem: What connections are you able to make between this movie and your individual life or expertise? Why? Does this movie remind you of the rest you’ve learn or seen? If so, how and why?

four. Next, be part of the dialog by clicking on the remark button and posting within the field that opens on the appropriate. (Students 13 and older are invited to remark, though lecturers of youthful college students are welcome to submit what their college students need to say.)

5. After you’ve posted, strive studying again to see what others have stated, then reply to another person by posting one other remark. Use the “Reply” button or the @ image to handle that scholar instantly.

6. To study extra, learn “Amid Brexit Strains, Anglo-Irish Relations Are ‘Fraying’.” Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura writes:

When he crossed into Northern Ireland just lately, Patrick O’Reilly felt his physique tense up, a sense that was as soon as all-too acquainted however that he thought would by no means return. Yet now, the concern and nervousness have been creeping again, like a long-lost relative abruptly showing out of nowhere, searching for bother.

Mr. O’Reilly blames Britain for stirring up these grievances. Its anticipated departure — probably a messy one — from the European Union, often known as Brexit, is reopening outdated wounds and resentments in Ireland towards its former colonial grasp.

“The British,” stated Mr. O’Reilly, a retired pub supervisor, as he wove forwards and backwards throughout the hardly detectable border in his automobile, “are about to kick us within the enamel once more.”

In the tortured historical past between the 2 island nations, Brexit is simply the newest in a protracted line of perceived slights the Irish have suffered by the hands of the British. And now, with the potential exception of Britain, no nation stands to lose extra from Brexit, and significantly from a harmful “no-deal” departure, than Ireland.


• See all of the movies on this sequence.

• Read our record of sensible educating concepts, together with responses from college students and lecturers, for the way you need to use these documentaries within the classroom.

• Our subsequent Film Club will happen on Thursday, March 21.

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