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17/5/12: Shankill Road
Our first shooting in Belfast took place at Shankill Road, a loyalist area, where we met some of our interviewees from 2010. At Janice’ house we talked about their view of the current situation and their vision for Belfast’s future. They had very different ideas. While all hope for peace and a good economic situation, some nevertheless fear that considering the current problems (widespread unemployement and a rising number of drug addicts) the city's future might look bleak.
And again, we realized how easy it is in Belfast to offend people without having any intention to do so. One of us was wearing an Irish ring , a Claddagh, yesterday. The ring's position on your hand traditionally indicated your maritial status. Apparently,in Northern Ireland it means somthing completely different: Wearing the crown towards your heart or not shows if you support the British queen or dishonor her.
Today (18/5/12) we are heading to Falls Road in West Belfast in order to meet some of our republican interviewees.