A Sense of Loss

TitleA Sense of Loss
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1972
AuthorsOphüls, Marcel
Running Time2h 15min
Date Released10/02/1972
DistributorCinema 5 Distributing
CountryUnited States, Switzerland
Publication LanguageEnglish

This controversial documentary explores the divisions in Northern Ireland during the Irish Troubles (1968-1998). Shot over six weeks in December 1971, and January 1972, the film consisted of interviews with Protestants, Catholics, politicians, and some soldiers, combined with TV news clips of bombings and violence. Although director Marcel Ophüls favors the Catholics, he also reveals political, economic, and social divisions that do not correspond to religious identity. The BBC refused to air the film, strengthening arguments about the intentional underreporting of the Irish Troubles in British media during the early years of the conflict. 

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