We Were There features the unique experiences of women in the predominantly male world of the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during the troubles in Northern Ireland.
Film screening followed by a discussion with:
- Laura Aguiar, Director of We Were There
- Fionna Barber, Reader in Art History at Manchester School of Art
- Dr Kate Cook, Gender subject cluster, Centre for Business and Society
The film includes stories of a prison officer‘s wife, prisoners‘ relatives, Open University tutors, Probation Service staff and a visual artist.
The interviews featured in the film were recorded by the Prisons Memory Archive, which filmed 140 walk and talk interviews around the empty prison during the summer of 2007, using a methodology of inclusiveness, co-ownership and life-story telling.
We Were There explores how the prison impacted upon women’s lives, how they coped with the absence of their loved ones, and highlights the important contribution to the peace process by educational and welfare staff.