Last Thursday, we were delighted to host the first international screening of Upstanding: Stories of Courage. The film is an innovative reconciliation piece for schools relating to previously uncovered ground of the peace building effort in Northern Ireland. It featured 10 diverse accounts from people who stood up to violence, discrimination or prejudice in Northern Ireland. Their individual strength and the difference that they made through their actions are well depicted in the film. The film has been produced by the Corrymeela Community as part of the ‘Facing Our History, Shaping the Future’ Project in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves.
On the night we were delighted to be joined by Sean Pettis, the coordinator of the Facing Our History, Shaping the Future project. Sean travelled all the way over from Northern Ireland to join us for the film screening and to partake in an engaging Q&A with the audience after the film. Sean has been working with Corrymeela since September 2010, he has 10 years experience in the design of the delivery and the evaluation of community relations and active citizenship programs. Sean holds a Bachelors degree in Arts and Modern History and Politics and a post graduate diploma in community youth work.
We would like to thank Sean for joining us for the Film Screening and being part of the question and answer session afterwards. A special thanks to The International Fund for Ireland, who supported the production of the film through its ‘Sharing in Education Programme’ which is managed on behalf of the Fund by the Department of Education. We would also like to thank those who attended and took part in the discussion after the film.