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We Shall Overcome

“This Sunday became known as Bloody Sunday and bloody it was. It was     quite unnecessary. It strikes me that the Army ran amok that day and shot without thinking what they were doing. They were shooting innocent people. These people may have been taking part in a march that was banned but that does not justify the troops coming in and firing live rounds indiscriminately. I would say without hesitation that it was sheer, unadulterated murder. It was murder” (British Major Hubert O’Neill, Army coroner). Read more

A Grecian’s View

Since February, a Greek student named Ilias Kiritsis and I have corresponded, talking on various topics related to terrorism. Ilias has provided some surprising accounts of common views in Greece.

Here is our conversation concerning the event known as Bloody Sunday(note: the conversation does diverge back to the USA topic because this is only an excerpt from a more broad conversation): Read more

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Bloody Sunday Movie Reflection

The movie “Bloody Sunday” was a ‘mockumentary’ (fiction-documentary) film depicting the events of January 30, 1972. In the film, British Paramilitary troops attack civilians participating in a march for civil rights in the Northern Ireland town of Londonderry. The film was written and directed by a Paul Greengrass. “John Kelly, whose brother was shot and killed in the incident, said he (Mr. Greengrass) consulted many families who were present there on that day. The families trusted the film makers to ‘tell the truth.’ We already know the truth. Our people’s right to life was taken by the British military.” Mr. Kelly also added that he “believed they will portray the film as it should be portrayed. Paul Greengrass and Mark Redhead (the producer) are people of integrity” (BBC News). This leads to discussing how Mr. Greengrass was able to re-create the events of Bloody Sunday and certain film techniques he used to give the film its documentary feel. Read more

Using Artistic License to Create Pathos

Film maker Paul Greengrass took a different approach to the retelling of the events of January 30, 1972 than a traditional documentary.  Greengrass realized that since his film would be broadcast to a television audience that already knew the events of Bloody Sunday, that he would need to present them with something more than just  a retelling.  Thus, he decided to take a more human perspective for the movie.  Read more

‘Bloody Sunday’ and the perception of bias

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Bloody Sunday (no affiliation with U2)

Bloody Sunday is a day that every citizen of Ireland remembers.  Even here in the U.S., the front page of the New York Times read, “Ulster Catholics Protest Killings; Reprisals Vowed.” (Weinraub, 1972)  The “mockumentary” Bloody Sunday provides a unique view on the events.

Scenes of death and violence on the Bogside

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About the fairness and reality of the film Bloody Sunday…

The film Bloody Sunday graphically depicts the 1972 battle that fueled further development of the Provisional IRA. Catholics and Protestants, namely civil rights marchers and the British Paramilitary respectively, pitted against in each other in a deadly representation of the political unrest between these two groups. The Irish Catholics in the film marched to Guildhall, a British council setting, to demonstrate their political dissatisfaction. Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland have historically fought for independence from oppressive British rule, and the Provisional IRA embodies the extremity of this political opposition with religious roots. Read more

Bloody Sunday-A version of truth

Ireland is known for its rich culture and many historical landmarks. Most of Ireland’s history is marked by the struggle against invaders and civil conflicts, which were at the root of the violence in the country. But deep inside, the Irish people have an innate love for their country and for their heritage. One of the historical events that led to the hatred of the British’s presence in Northern Ireland was the Bloody Sunday march. Released in 2002, the movie Bloody Sunday drew much attention as it strived to reconstruct the event. Read more

Bloody Sunday Reflection

Divided We Fall

There is no question about it, warfare is one of the most tragic experiences for humankind. However, when considering the topic of war, we Americans have a tendency to recall most prominently the foreign conflicts in our history. This is likely due to the fortunate circumstance that the USA has not faced a militaristic domestic issue in nearly a century and a half. However, one need only read a brief history of recent domestic conflicts like those in Rwanda or Darfur to see the horrendous hatred that a person can harbor toward his countryman. Read more

Clothing and Commemoration of Bloody Sunday

A Mockumentary, Bloody Sunday

The movie Bloody Sunday was written and produced well after the actual events took place in 2002.  Unlike most films that approach the subject, either dramas or documentaries; Bloody Sunday is a mockumentary.  In a mockumentary parts of the event covered is restructured by the artistic direction of the director and thereby often reveals the biases thereof.  The bias was significant part of the movie, for nearly all the players in the actual event have conflicting stories.  Some reported the truth, some were lies, and others were the result of faulty memory.  Barbara Tversky, Professor of Psychology of Stanford University describes the way fault memories work:

we might hear garbled words like “next,” “transfer,” and “train.” Building on our assumptions    and knowledge, we may put together the actual statement… we may even remember having           heard the full statement.

As a result, the director making a movie of a controversial event has a colossal degree of leeway since no eyewitness account will be perfect.

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Terrorism and the Press

This blog is an integral part of a special section of Honors 394 Spring 2010, Arizona State University. Rather than a routine history course this dynamic, interactive seminar explores the interplay between terrorism and television, and other media sources on-line and in print. 26 students and their global pen pals comprise the bloggers. We welcome all to share their opinions, pertinent observations, insights, comments, feedback. Please post in a responsible manner.