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When Hockey Came to Belfast - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB529766
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Selwyn Jacob, Rina Fraticelli
Directors:  Linda Conway
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Politics, Religious Studies, Sports, World History
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2004
Running Time:  50:01
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Paul and Andrew are friends that met through their shared love of ice hockey. Like other 15-year-olds, they hang out, listen to music and play sports. However, Belfast is a city steeped in decades of religious violence. Paul is Catholic and Andrew is Protestant, and being friends means risking their safety in a divided city.

When Hockey Came to Belfast is the striking story of how Canadian ice hockey is transcending religious lines. Bringing Northern Irish youth together in a shared love of the game, the rink gives boys and girls a haven from the turf warfare that pervades their lives. "When you're on the ice, you don't really think about Protestants and Catholics," says Andrew. "You just get on to play the sport with whoever's there."

Set against the backdrop of a post-conflict society, this documentary also provides an intimate glimpse into the realities of life in Belfast - the 12-metre-high walls that divide Catholic and Protestant, the precautions Andrew and Paul must take to be friends and the safety they find on the rink at Dundonald.

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