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New Documentaries Celebrate South Armagh’s Female Heritage

“Changing the Narrative” comprises of five short documentaries celebrating women’s roles in rural South Armagh and the rich traditions, stunning landscape, and heritage in the area. The films also challenge the narrative so commonly associated with South Armagh: as a paramilitary stronghold during the Troubles.

The films were made by 24 participants, aged 13 to 60s, for “Women in the Archives,” an engagement programme led by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and the Nerve Centre in partnership with the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Over the course of three months, participants took part in filmmaking workshops and met other Women in the Archives groups while visiting PRONI and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

Women in the Archives is one of the strands of the Making the Future project which is supported by EU Peace IV and managed by SEUPB.


Voices of Gullion – An exploration of language, song tradition and South Armagh’s stunning landscape.

The Threads That Bind Us – An Insight into the rich tradition of lace-making and the pieces that bind women together across generations.

Breaking The Mould – Meet some of the women and girls involved in a variety of sports, such as camogie, netball, hill walking and football.

Women in Farming – Three farmers from different generations discuss the past, present and future of farming.

ROGHA – Meet ROGHA, a collective of hand crafters and artists whose work is inspired by the unique heritage and majesty of the Ring of Gullion.

Film Festivals

The films are showing at two film festivals during November 2019. Both events are free of charge:

Wanda Film Festival

Friday 1 November

3pm at the Beanbag Cinema, Belfast: (external link opens in a new window / tab)

No pre-booking required.

Foyle Film Festival

Monday 18 November

6pm at Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry: link opens in a new window / tab)

Pre-booking is available.

Watch Online

Watch “Changing the Narrative” online(external link opens in a new window / tab)

Core Funded Group

The Nerve centre is core funded by the Community Relations Council. Learn more about our Core Funding Scheme.

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