WE DID WHAT HAD TO BE DONE

A centuries-long conflict in Ireland that had led the country to be divided into a southern and northern part in 1921 escalated in 1969. Republican-Catholics entered armed battle with the Unionist-Protestants. Thousands of people lost their lives. Women are invisible in the historical documentation of this conflict. Directors Friederike Berat and Ulrike Ertl tell these women´s stories. They visit those who fought on both sides and record the interviews on camera. "Without the women the war could not have happened!" says Veronica. She describes the women´s involvement in the conflict as an emancipatory undertaking, an opportunity to expand their existence as housewives with the dimension of struggle. Not all interview partners share this view, the memories of the "troubles" are diverse, thus forming a dynamic picture of the events. They tell of the political influence that shapes world views on both sides already in childhood, they offer different estimations of women´s status in the conflict, they find words for mourning, trauma, and the effects of (domestic) violence, and they describe a hopeful environment in which women take the initiative, reconcile with the opposing side, and thereby speak out in favor of opening socio-economic perspectives for young people.
In addition to the talks, information is inserted into the calm atmospheric images and booming archive footage of the "troubles" thus making the political climate in Belfast tangible. In the montage of the protagonists´ reports, the dry statement, "We did what had to be done," transforms into a dynamic, feminist historical document of the times. (Melanie Letschnig)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
WE DID WHAT HAD TO BE DONE
Year
2018
Country
Germany
Duration
90 min
Category
Documentary
Orig. Language
english
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Credits
Director
Friederike Berat, Ulrike Ertl
Concept
Friederike Berat, Ulrike Ertl
Cinematography
Alison Miller, Friederike Berat
Editing
Friederike Berat
Sound
Ulrike Ertl
Sound Assistant
Ruth Waldeyer
Music Concept
Ulrike Ertl
Archive Material
Belfast Telegraph , Irish Republican Museum Belfast , Private Archives
Fotos
Nadine Coquemer
Research
Ulrike Ertl, Friederike Berat, Greta Weiss
Executive Producer
Ulrike Ertl, Friederike Lorenz, Frank Thiele, Nadine Coquemer, Friederike Berat
Interviews
Greta Weiss, Friederike Berat, Ana
Participant
Emma None, Sharon, Marie, Jo-Anne, Eva, Evelyn B., Veronica, Debbie, Beryl, Susie, Kathe , Nuala , Evelyn G., Jacqueline, Janice
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2019
Jihlava - IDFF East Silver Market
Linz - Crossing Europe Film Festival
2020
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films (Best Editing Documentary)