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The Patriot Game

The Patriot Game

The Patriot Game

1979 / 93min / 16mm


Arthur MacCaig's son, filmmmaker Dónal Foreman in attendance.

When the British Foreign office warned its embassies that The Patriot Game, a new documentary about the Northern Irish Troubles, was “damaging and highly critical of Her Majesty’s Government,” director Arthur MacCaig welcomed it as “the best review I ever had.” MacCaig, a leftist Irish-American, had been inspired by the stark disparity he perceived between the tribal, religious conflict he saw depicted in the media, and what he experienced on the ground as a struggle between “the colonizer and the colonized.” Produced as his graduate film from the French film school IDHEC, with assistance from Chris Marker’s radical film collective Iskra, The Patriot Game is a searingly intense history of the conflict rooted in an unapologetically socialist point of view and distinguished by MacCaig’s rare insider access to the Provisional IRA.

Screening in the series Northern Ireland: Battle of Images.