Zoom 2012: Crossing the Divide

Relationships across the religious divide in Northern Ireland

Documentary exploring the ties that brought Deaf people together, and pushed them apart, during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Featuring extensive archive footage and interviews with people who attended Deaf schools in Belfast at the time, this film tells the story of friendships and romances that crossed the religious divide. Directed by Deaf journalist Cathy Heffernan (who previously produced the BSLBT documentary Deaf Sisterhood) as part of the Zoom filmmaking scheme.

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  • So interesting, but now I want to know more.
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    150901
  • Lovely film. I have met all the people in this film so it was nice to see or be reminded of this personal side of their lives. Better without the subtitles. Really important also to check and double-check the spelling. (Am referring to Malachy's award - spelling should be received - not recieved). Things like the transcript and spelling like that can spoil a film because it suggests not enough care is taken and yet, it is a touching film. Hope there is a follow-up featuring older as well as younger folk. Would be interesting to see if their experiences are different? Older folk may be more scarred by the Troubles? Lovely film. Time passed very quickly. Some films, I think "Hurry up!" But this one was "What?! Finished already?!" Thanks. Lmr
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    131021
  • Very interested short deaf story.... I was bit emotional of how they struggle between Catholic and Protestant, must be very hard to understand in those old days....I wondered do they still have bad experience or want to forget it....I would like see more like this to further films....very brave to all and for the best in present days.....
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    130213
  • Brilliant documentary, so touching. Well done Cathy Heffernan and team.
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    121112
  • brillant film well done to everyone. had me wee tear about John and Agnes well done x
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    121018
  • I love this short film! It's sad that all of these events occurred in Northern Ireland but I'm happy to see that this protestant and catholic couple were able to get married! -Deaf Irish Catholic from America.
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    121018
  • I'm fascinated by the Irish history esp. the Troubles, as both my parents are Irish and living in Glasgow - it's part of my growing up, visited three or four times a year to see grandparents and relatives, either in Belfast, Londonderry and Co. Tyrone until grandparents passed away! - I'm protestant and my husband's a catholic (both of us, born in Glasgow) so I can related to the couple's story in bits, even in Glasgow! - Great stuff about both men, what they were like etc! - More of it please!
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    121018
  • What a magnificent story!
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    121018
  • This was a lovely piece of filming which I enjoyed watching. Congratulations to John and Agnes Carberry in reaching their 40th Anniversary despite the difficult start.

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    121012
  • Love this! I would love to be there for their 40th wedding anniversary! Happy Anniversary!
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    121011
  • Would like to read any abouts? Jim
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    121011
  • Very moving! Worked with Deaf children who came over to the Wash. D.C. area (Project Children) many years ago. Also knew several Deaf Irish students who attended Gallaudet University many years ago. Always have been interested in the Irish Deaf Community which started with Francis Magimm (sp) who attended Gallaudet in the late 1800's.
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    121011
  • I have been in same place. My mom is Lutheran and my dad is Catholic. I was born Catholic but later in my life I was convert to Lutheran. From USA
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    121009

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