For nearly two decades now, since a peace agreement was signed in 1998, Ireland has enjoyed relative tranquility and, until recently anyway, prosperity. Prior to that, though, the country was racked by sectarian violence related to British/Protestant control in Northern Ireland and Nationalist/Catholic forces based in the Republic of Ireland.
This American film, directed by Yann Demange, is set during the height of “the Troubles” in 1971. It takes place in a single night, and concerns a British soldier cut off from his unit after a street riot in Belfast who must survive until he is rescued.
’71 screens at the RPL Film Theatre Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21 at 9 p.m. Here’s the trailer